September 25, 2018
DUI OFFENDER SENTENCED TO STATE PRISON FOR FELONY DUI INCIDENTS
IN CAMERON PARK AND POLLOCK PINES
On September 24th, an
El Dorado County Superior Court Judge sentenced a Diamond Springs man to State Prison
following a jury trial conviction that occurred on August 17th.
J. Melikian sentenced Theodore J. Weisenberger, 56, to 6 years, 8 months
confinement in State Prison for felony driving under the influence charges
stemming from two DUI incidents that took place in 2016 and 2017.
The first incident occurred on the night of December 5, 2016 when Weisenberger attempting to purchase fast food, drove over a curb in the drive-thru lane at the Taco Bell in Pollock Pines. An employee of Taco Bell called 911 to report the activity. Several hours later, another caller reported a driver asleep in a vehicle at the Westhaven Inn in Pollock Pines. El Dorado County Sheriff Deputies located Weisenberger in the driver's seat at that location and referred the investigation to the California Highway Patrol. The California Highway Patrol Officer conducted field sobriety tests on Weisenberger and tested his breath for alcohol, which was found to be twice the legal limit.
While out on bail, Weisenbeger committed a second DUI offense on Super Bowl Sunday in February 2017. During that incident, Weisenberger was observed driving over the center line of Cameron Park Drive by a witness following his vehicle near the Cameron Park airport. The civilian took a picture of Weisenberger's license plate and relayed the information to the California Highway Patrol who soon pulled Weisenberger over on Highway 50. Weisenberger was again determined to be under the influence of alcohol and taken into custody where he currently remains until transfer to the Department of Corrections.
Based on Weisenberger's two previous prison terms for DUI and the fact he was out on bail for a DUI charge when the second DUI offense was committed, he was sentenced to additional State Prison time. The case was tried by Deputy District Attorney Michael Pizzuti; who is exclusively assigned to prosecute serious DUI cases for the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office as part of a traffic grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.