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News - April 3, 2013

Wrong-way drunken driver sentenced

by Sandy Brundage

A 26-year-old Menlo Park man was sentenced for misdemeanor drunken driving and felony child endangerment in San Mateo County Court on March 27.

Police, responding to a 911 call about a wrong-way driver on Marsh Road on Dec. 12, arrived to find the defendant, Efrain Avalos Moreno-Avalos sitting in a car "parked crookedly on the street" with his 10-year-old brother beside him, according to the district attorney's office.

Although Mr. Moreno-Avalos initially denied being behind the wheel, both the person making the 911 call and his brother contradicted him, the police report said. A breathalyzer allegedly measured a blood alcohol level of .21 percent. In California a level of 0.08 percent is considered above the legal limit for driving.

He pleaded no contest to the charges. The judge sentenced him to one year in county jail or completion of a long-term residential treatment program, in addition to three years of probation. Mr. Moreno-Avalos, who has a prior conviction for drunken driving, was also assessed $340 in fines and $100 per month for supervised probation, and will need to complete a program for repeat offenders.

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