November 16, 2017
On November 9, 2017, after a 3-day trial, a jury found 31-year-old Tyson Robert Ward guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol (VC § 23152 (a)), driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or more (VC § 23152(b)), and hit & run (VC § 20002(a)). This case marks Ward's third DUI conviction.
On May 9, 2015, California Highway
Patrol Officer Alfonso was advised by a passing motorist that there was a
silver vehicle off the roadway on El Dorado Road, just south of Mother Lode
Road. Officer Alfonso responded to the scene at approximately 9:12 a.m. and
discovered that a silver Audi had been in a solo traffic collision, causing
damage to residential property. Immediately upon arrival, Officer Alfonso
observed that the driver of the vehicle, who was later determined to be Ward,
had fled the scene of the collision.
Officer Alfonso located Ward walking on El Dorado Road, approximately 0.6 miles away from the collision scene. Officer Alfonso made contact with Ward and immediately noticed that he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were red and glassy, he was unsteady on his feet, and his speech was slurred. The Department of Justice subsequently determined that Ward's blood alcohol concentration was a 0.18.
The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol and the District Attorney's Office. Deputy District Attorney Kassie Cardullo represented the People at trial, the Honorable Kenneth J. Melikian presiding. Ward faces a maximum of 1 year and 6 months in county jail and is scheduled for sentencing on December 1, 2017.