March 06, 2018
On March 5th, 2018, Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury sentenced Patrick Bryan Baker, 42, of South Lake Tahoe to seven years in state prison after Baker pleaded no contest to one felony count of Vehicle Code section 23153(b), driving with a blood alcohol level over .08% causing injury. Baker admitted that the collision caused great bodily injury, and that his blood alcohol level was greater than .20%. Baker's DUI sentence was enhanced because he has a prior "strike" stemming from a 2013 conviction for felony criminal threats.
On August 27, 2017, Baker drove his Nakto Electric Bicycle at a high rate of speed, hitting two pedestrians who were attempting to step into a crosswalk on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near Rufus Allen Blvd. The pedestrian, a couple in their 50's who were visiting from Southern California, both suffered broken arms and one also had an injured leg. Following the collision, Baker appeared as if he was preparing to leave the scene, picking up beer cans that had spilled from his bike onto the ground and trying to get back on the bike, before being told by witnesses that he needed to stay. When South Lake Tahoe Police attempted to detain Baker, he became resistive and refused to put his hands behind his back and pulled away from officers. In response, the officers had to take Baker to the ground in order to arrest him. A subsequent breath tests determined Baker's blood alcohol to be 30/.31%.
The case was prosecuted by El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Michael Pizzuti who is assigned to vertically prosecute felony driving under the influence cases and vehicular manslaughter cases for the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office under a Traffic Safety Grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.