A Menlo Park man was sentenced to one year in county jail June 24 after he pleaded no contest to one count of felony drunken driving with injuries in a case involving collisions with several vehicles and a roadside electrical box in January 2015, prosecutors said.
In a comprehensive plea bargain with Criminal Presiding Judge Leland Davis, Daniel Edward Gere, 74, also pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor drunken driving cases. Under the bargain, Mr. Gere will also be placed on five years of supervised probation.
At the time of his hearing, Mr. Gere was in custody on $200,000 bail. Mr. Gere waived credit for jail time already served, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors sought a sentence of three years in state prison.
The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. on Jan 3. Mr. Gere left the parking lot of the Safeway supermarket at 525 El Camino Real after having twice backed into a Range Rover there, prosecutors said.
He then collided with two vehicles at the intersection of El Camino and Cambridge Avenue, kept driving, and ran into an electrical box on the side of the road in Palo Alto, where he was arrested by Menlo Park police.
Mr. Gere was taken to a hospital. Of the three other people injured as a consequence of the collisions, none of the injuries was serious, prosecutors said.
Under the terms of his probation, Mr. Gere's restrictions include abstinence from alcohol and drugs, from visiting a bar or liquor store, and from driving or ever seeking another driver's license, according to a report by the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office.
He loses his Fourth Amendment protections against search and seizure, must undergo chemical testing and counseling as directed, and is not allowed to possess deadly weapons, firearms or ammunition, prosecutors said.