December 04, 2017
On November 30th, 2017, retired Judge Thomas E. Warriner, sitting on assignment in Department 7 in El Dorado County, sentenced Tina Marie Smith, 51, of West Sacramento to two years state prison following a plea deal in which Smith pled no contest to one count of Vehicle Code section 23152(b), driving with a blood alcohol level over .08%, and admitted having a blood alcohol level greater than .15%. Smith's driving under the influence charge was elevated to a felony charge because she had previously been convicted of a prior felony DUI conviction in which she caused bodily injury to another individual.
On November 11th, 2017, at 4 p.m., two 911 calls were made after a silver Ford Focus was reportedly being driven all over the road and almost causing collisions on Highway 50 near Greenstone Road in El Dorado County. California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Vorhees received a "be on the lookout call" for the vehicle and saw Smith drive past his location on Cameron Park Drive. Officer Vorhees followed Smith and observed her weaving widely into the #1 and #3 lanes on Highway 50, and immediately pulled her over. Smith appeared confused when Officer Vorhees asked her for identification, and asked her to exit the vehicle. Officer Vorhees then noticed Smith walked next to her vehicle and leaned against it to maintain her balance. After having Smith perform field sobriety tests, which she could not do as demonstrated, Smith was arrested later registering breath alcohol results at roughly twice the legal limit. (.16% /.15%.)
The case was prosecuted by El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Michael Pizzuti, who is assigned to vertically prosecute felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter cases for the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office under a traffic safety grant. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.