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Official pleads guilty to DUI

September 03, 2009|My-Thuan Tran

Councilman Andy Quach pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence after he crashed his Mercedes-Benz into an electrical pole last month and knocked out power to more than 300 homes.

Quach, 37, was also convicted of a misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level higher than 0.08% and a sentencing enhancement for having a blood alcohol level of more than 0.20%.

Quach, who has served on the City Council for seven years, was sentenced to three years of informal probation, 10 days in a Caltrans work program, a nine-month alcohol awareness program and $2,000 in fines and fees.

A blood test revealed that his blood-alcohol level was over 0.26%, authorities said.

-- My-Thuan Tran

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