Undersheriff’s drunk driving charges dropped
September 20, 2010
A judge dismissed drunken driving charges against San Luis Obispo County Undersheriff Steve Bolts on Monday because a retest of his blood showed Bolts has a blood alcohol level of 0.07 percent, which is under the legal limit. [KSBY]
Atascadero Police arrested Bolts on June 5, after someone reported that he had left a child’s sports event intoxicated. Initial blood test showed Bolts had a blood alcohol level of 0.09 percent.
The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.
To avoid a conflict of interest, the California Attorney General’s office handled the case. The blood sample was retested by a lab in San Francisco and came back under the legal limit.
San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Barry LaBarbera dismissed the DUI charge against Bolts on Monday. Nevertheless, Bolts pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving and was given a $500 fine and three years of probation.
Bolts stepped down from his part-time undersheriff position last week.