Jury Convicts El Dorado Hills Man of Felony Child Endangerment and Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol For Driving Recklessly and Impaired

Posted: October 30, 2017

On October 27th, an El Dorado County jury found Scott Thomas Banks, 42, of El Dorado Hills, guilty of Felony Child Endangerment and Felony Driving Under the Influence charges in Department 1 of the El Dorado County Superior Court.  Nevada County Superior Court Judge Robert Tamietti, sitting on assignment, also found Scott guilty of misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, and found true an allegation that Scott had previously been convicted of a felony DUI within the last ten years. 


On January 22, 2017, Scott drove 2 miles from a friend's house on Yellowstone Court in El Dorado Hills with his 11 year old son in a truck back to his own home in El Dorado Hills. While in route, Scott accelerated the vehicle to a speed estimated in excess of 80 miles per hour and, at times, drove on the wrong side of the street.  After arriving home, Scott went into his bedroom and fell asleep.  Within a short period of time, El Dorado Sheriff's Office Deputies Mark Hangebrauck and Gavin Smithcamp responded to Scott's house.  After receiving witness accounts that Scott had described the journey in the truck as a "Dukes of Hazard" ride, they woke Scott from his slumber and observed him to be heavily intoxicated with slurred speech and poor balance.  When Scott was later tested for alcohol his blood alcohol content reading was found to be more than three times the legal limit. (26%.) 


Following the verdict, Banks was remanded into custody and taken to the El Dorado County jail.  Banks faces a state prison commitment and his sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 15th in Department 1.


The case was tried by an El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Mike Pizzuti, specially assigned to vertically prosecute serious DUI cases for the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office as part of the a traffic grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.