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Drunk driver faces Three Strikes law
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A Ceres woman who has had two prior arrests for driving under the influence, including one with a fatal outcome, is headed back to prison for another DUI.

Charlyn Wood, 45, was convicted Aug. 30 of felony drunk driving, hit and run, and having a prior conviction that falls under the state’s “Three Strikes” law, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

Wood’s most recent conviction stems from her arrest on Feb. 3, after she was involved in two separate collisions. According to the prosecution, Wood hit a parked truck in Ceres and a garage door in Turlock while driving under the influence. She failed to stop for either collision.

Wood was found to have a blood alcohol level of .15 percent, almost twice the legal limit.

In 2005, Wood was convicted on two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The fatal crash took the lives of David Eugene Surkamer, 45, and Linda Sue Surkamer, 53, both of Delhi.

According to the report on the crash, Wood was seen driving on the wrong side of the road and veering in and out of traffic. The collision happened when she drove around a car stopped at a red light. Her blood alcohol level was .25 percent, according to the court records.

The prosecution tried to prove her guilty of second degree murder because she had a DUI conviction in 1993. The jury opted to acquit her of the murder charges and instead found for the manslaughter charges. She was sentenced to eight years in prison and served four years before her release.

Upon her latest conviction, Wood was sentenced to seven years and six months in state prison.

To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.