Menlo Park: Woman charged with DUI in crash was on probation for DUI


The 26-year-old driver in a Jan. 17 crash that left her and a passenger seriously injured reportedly has a history of driving under the influence, according to Menlo Park police.

Carina Sandoval, a Redwood City resident, has been charged with driving under the influence while on DUI probation and driving on a license suspended for DUI, as well as with cruelty to a child and driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury, police said.

Ms. Sandoval and her passenger, a 26-year-old man from Burlingame, were hurt in a two-vehicle accident at Bayfront Expressway and Chrysler Drive around 8:30 p.m. Friday (Jan. 17).

A 16-month-old child who was riding in a car seat in Ms. Sandoval's vehicle was treated and released from the hospital to family members, according to the police.

The man and woman were trapped inside a 1994 tan Honda Accord and extricated by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District. They were taken to a local hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Ms. Sandoval remains in custody of the police at the hospital and upon release will be booked into San Mateo County jail, according to police.

The occupants of the second vehicle, a blue 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe, were not hurt.

Police have not yet released names. Witnesses can call 330-6300 or the anonymous tip line at 330-6395.

— Sandy Brundage


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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Jan 20, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I'm relieved no one was killed or suffered life-threatening injuries! Perhaps when so many adults quit: 1-responding with inane comments such, "You can have ONE drink & drive" (as the adult is standing in front of them telling them they can't & won't); 2-modeling bad behavior by drinking & driving; 3-rationalizing it, etc.; the amount of driving after drinking will reduce. I'm not a non-drinker; I'm a "never drink before/during driving" person. It's that simple. Not easy for some I realize, but simple. If any of us have the misfortune of killing someone with our vehicle, most of us will want to be able to honestly say we did everything possible to avoid a collision. Including being free of all drugs including alcohol. Very sorry for everyone involved in this latest!

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Posted by Trelis
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jan 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Thankfully, the innocent people in this accident were not hurt by someone's decision to drive while drunk. [Portion removed. Please discuss the topic without making assumptions about the accused, including her guilt.] What can we do to reduce the risk of innocent lives being taken by the careless and menacing behavior of others?

Its not okay to drink and is not okay to think you can handle the car while drunk. It is obvious that alcohol distorts your normal behavior to function with a sane mind, therefore, drinking and driving runs the risk of killing or hurting innocent people.

[Portion removed. Please discuss the topic without making assumptions about the accused, including her guilt.]

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Posted by oearl
a resident of another community
on Jan 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

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