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Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release

Woman with Prior Conviction for
Vehicular Manslaughter Sentenced to Prison For Dui

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.)

District 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.”

The 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 of 0.17%.

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.



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