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Drunk driving conviction

POSTED June 27, 2009 6:06 p.m.
A Stanislaus County jury found a Turlock senior guilty of drunk driving charges.
Ronald Griffin, 76, of Turlock, was convicted on June 19 after a four-day jury trial of the charges of driving under the influence, having a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or more, and having a prior DUI conviction, hit and run, and driving on a suspended license.  
According to the District Attorney’s Office, the defendant drove a motor home into the parking lot of the Silver Crest Apartment Complex and collided with a parked car. The defendant continued to drive and parked the vehicle.  He was confronted by a visitor who heard the collision and Griffin failed to provide the owner of the parked car with any information.  
Turlock police officers  were called to the scene and, after a DUI investigation, determined that the defendant had been driving under the influence of alcohol and that his blood alcohol content was .20 percent, according to the prosecution. A license check revealed that the defendant’s driving privilege was suspended.      
After receiving the guilty verdict, Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie Solvey Silveira placed the defendant on three years informal probation, ordered him to pay specified fines, pay restitution, attend an alcohol counseling program, and sentenced him to 30 days in county jail.

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