Santa Rosa, CA – June 6, 2018 – Defendant John
William Garretson, 36 years old of Sebastopol, was sentenced on Monday, June 4,
2018, by the Honorable Nancy Case Shaffer to three years of probation and 20
days in the county jail with jail alternatives after pleading no contest on
April 17, 2018. Garretson pled no contest to charges of driving with a 0.08%
blood alcohol content. He admitted the enhancement for having a blood alcohol
concentration in excess of 0.20%.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “As the summer months approach it bears repeating that
driving impaired is incredibly dangerous and puts the safety of everyone on the
roads at risk. If you make the choice to drive impaired you face the prospect
of losing your license and going to jail.”
resulted from an incident on September 12, 2017, at approximately 8:00 p.m. in
which Garretson was driving a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck southbound on Stony
Point Road. Witnesses observed that the Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck failed to
stop and caused a three car collision by rear-ending another vehicle that was
stopped at a red light. Garretson displayed signs of impairment and eventually
was determined to have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.35%. Mr. Garretson
was a first offender but due to the incredibly dangerous conduct of driving
with such a high blood alcohol content and causing a collision the Court
sentenced Mr. Garretson to 20 days in jail.
case was prosecuted by DDA David Kim of the District Attorney’s Vertical DUI
Unit. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California
Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration. The California Highway Patrol headed the investigation.