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Three commended for aiding alleged DUI victim

 

Three people who rescued a man pinned between cars by a drunken driver received commendations from the Menlo Park Police Department on March 15.

Saying the three were heroes, Chief Bryan Roberts thanked Janet Digioia, Alex Raanes and Rob Silano for stopping a drunken driver's rampage through downtown Menlo Park on a December afternoon.

The alleged driver, Margaret Brill, 62, of Atherton, careened down Santa Cruz Avenue, striking at least four vehicles and injuring two people, according to police. The three bystanders helped the injured and took Ms. Brill's keys away, keeping her on the scene.

The district attorney's office charged Ms. Brill with six counts of felony drunken driving and hit-and-run, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 28. She has two previous DUI convictions.

She was arrested again two days after the original incident for allegedly being drunk in public at an Atherton train station. She remains out of custody on $50,000 bail to attend a court-ordered treatment program.

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