DUI driver sentenced to 6 years
May 1, 2014
A 55-year-old Paso Robles woman was sentenced to six years in prison after she received her fourth DUI for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. [Tribune]
In 1999, Denise Gafner Mendoza, received her first DUI. Two years later, she hit and killed a College Towing employee as he attempted to hitch a stalled car on the Cuesta Grade. She was sentenced to seven years in prison for gross vehicular manslaughter.
Then in 2007, a police officer found Mendoza, wearing a nightgown, passed out at the wheel of a car still in drive. Her head was resting on the steering wheel. She was sentenced to a year in jail.
In September, an officer noticed Mendoza swerving and pulled her over. She again said she had taken prescription drugs.
Last September, she was driving on Highway 101 in Atascadero when a CHP officer pulled her over for swerving. The officer again arrested her for DUI.
In each case, she told law enforcement that she had taken prescription drugs.
In addition to the six year prison sentence, Mendoza received a 10 year driver’s license revocation.