Santa Rosa, CA – September 19, 2017 – Defendant
Brandi Dominique Ely, 40 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the
Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite to 2 years 8 months in state prison after
pleading no contest on June 20, 2017. Ely
pled no contest to charges of driving with a 0.08% blood alcohol content within
10 years of a prior gross vehicular manslaughter conviction. She admitted enhancements for having a blood
alcohol concentration in excess of 0.15% and further admitted the prior “strike”
conviction (a 2010 conviction for gross vehicular manslaughter which resulted
in the death of a 5 year old child.)
Attorney Ravitch stated, “All drivers should recognize the dangers of driving
while impaired. However, this defendant
knows the dangers first hand as she previously killed a young child while
driving intoxicated. As such, we believe
the prison commitment is an appropriate sentence.”
charges resulted from an incident on March 18, 2017, at approximately 9:10 p.m.
in which Ely was driving a Nissan Altima on Middle Rincon Road in an unsafe
manner. Witnesses observed that the Nissan Altima was unable to maintain its
lane, almost colliding with other vehicles.
Officers later observed Ely driving over the yellow center line and into
the opposing lanes of traffic on Middle Rincon Road. Ely was stopped and displayed signs of
impairment and eventually was determined to have a blood alcohol concentration
The 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.