Undersheriff blood-alcohol content was 0.086
June 30, 2010
The San Luis Obispo County undersheriff recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence had a preliminary blood-alcohol content of 0.086. [Tribune]
The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08.
According to the Atascadero Police report, Steve Bolts initially denied drinking any alcohol to Officer Matt Chesson, who stopped the vehicle on the evening of June 5, following an anonymous tip to the police.
Bolts, 57, later admitted to consuming a single margarita earlier in the evening. The undersheriff had been at a social event in Atascadero prior to his arrest.
Chesson reported that he stopped Bolts after seeing him roll past a stop sign on San Benito Road at about 10 miles per hour while making a right turn onto El Camino Real. Chesson also reportedly saw Bolts cross over the double yellow lines on El Camino Real and said that he was “almost completely in the opposing lane of traffic.”
Bolts consented to a blood test at Twin Cities Community Hospital. He was later released that evening to Sheriff Pat Hedges.
Meanwhile the county District Attorney’s office has declared a conflict of interest in the prosecution of Bolts, given their close work with the undersheriff on multiple cases. That task will now be assumed by a prosecutor from the Attorney General’s office in Los Angeles.
Bolts is being represented by attorney Chris Casciola. His next hearing is scheduled for July 21.