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Double DUI convictions

POSTED January 26, 2010 9:57 p.m.
Two separate jury trials in Stanislaus County resulted in two men receiving guilty verdicts for driving under the influence.
Jeremy Breeland, 33, of Bakersfield, was convicted after a six-day jury trial of driving under the influence, having a prior DUI conviction, and having a blood alcohol concentration of .15 percent or more.
Miguel Angel Moreno, 26, of Turlock, was convicted after a five-day jury trial of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.
According to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office, Breeland was involved in a fight at a club in Turlock. He drove away from the club in a  pickup truck and was observed by a California Highway Patrol officer weaving and straddling the lanes of Golden State Boulevard.
The officer stopped the truck and noticed that Breeland had obvious signs of intoxication, the prosecution said. He was given a breath test, which showed his blood alcohol content at .17 percent. Breeland had a prior DUI conviction in Kern County, according to court records.
On Jan. 13, Judge Ricardo Cordova sentenced Breeland to 25 days in jail, three years informal probation, and associated fines, fees and classes.
Moreno’s arrest was made on Jan. 15, 2009, when a CHP officer heard screeching tires and observed Moreno make a wide right turn and drive into the opposite lane of traffic. The officer flagged down Moreno near the entrance to a restaurant parking lot at Lander and East Glenwood avenues and instructed him to get out of the vehicle.
The prosecution said Moreno refused and continued to drive through the parking lot, stopping at the opposite end. Moreno then proceeded to get out of the vehicle and told the officer that he was not the driver. He was given a breath test and had a blood alcohol content of .11 percent.
Upon receiving the guilty verdict, Judge John Freeland placed Moreno on three years informal probation, ordered him to pay specified fines, attend Level I alcohol counseling, and sentenced him to 15 days in the county jail.

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