Man Convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana on Two Separate Occasions

Posted: March 13, 2018

On March 9, 2018, after a three day jury trial, defendant Blake Evan Prall was found guilty of two counts of Driving while Under the Influence of Marijuana, in violation of Vehicle Code Section 23152(e).  

The charges arise from two separate traffic stops of the defendant, the first on January 13, 2016 and the second on February 3, 2016.  On each occasion, CHP observed traffic violations, pulled the defendant over and then noted the defendant displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of marijuana.  Officers with special training as Drug Recognition Experts further examined the defendant and determined he was under the influence, which was corroborated by subsequent chemical testing of the defendant's blood.  

The case was investigated by CHP and prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Kassie Cardullo.  Judge Melikian presided over the trial.  The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on April 19, 2018.