Santa Rosa, CA – June 5, 2018 – Defendant
Alexandra Darla Hutcheson, 31 years old of Cloverdale, was sentenced today by
the Honorable Robert M. LaForge to five years of formal probation and 364 days
in the county jail after pleading no contest in April to driving under the
influence and child endangerment. She was further ordered to participate in and
successfully complete a residential program of alcohol and drug rehabilitation
and a 52 week parenting class. Hutcheson pled no contest to two counts of felony
child endangerment, driving with a 0.08% blood alcohol content while having one
prior DUI offense within ten years, and resisting a police officer. She further
admitted to enhancements for refusing a chemical test and having a blood
alcohol concentration in excess of 0.20%.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “The defendant’s actions in this case were really
outrageous. In our judgment a prison sentence was warranted. Nevertheless, the
court disagreed and granted the defendant an opportunity on probation.”
resulted from an incident in November of last year in which Hutcheson was
driving an Acura MDX SUV with two minor children, ages 2 and 7, in the car.
Hutcheson was traveling northbound on US-101 just south of Old Redwood Highway
when she lost control of her vehicle. Witnesses observed that the vehicle
veered off the roadway, traveled down a dirt embankment, and crossed the
sidewalk before striking two other vehicles stopped at a red light. Hutcheson
displayed signs of impairment and eventually was determined to have a blood
alcohol concentration of 0.271%.
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.