In our July 14 edition, we reported on a number of traffic incidents. The reports were taken directly from narratives provided to us by California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Darren Meyer, San Gorgonio Pass Station, and are based on CHP officer on-scene reports.
In one, based on Meyer’s reading of the officer’s account, we reported that Christina Sabo was “cited for driving under the influence, but not for alcohol.” She indicated that she was on her way to dialysis treatment at the time.
Sabo has provided the Town Crier a CHP form 103, Certificate of Release From Custody, dated Dec. 8, 2016, stating that “the individual named as the ‘detained person’ was detained only, not arrested, and was released pursuant to provision of paragraph (1) or (3) of subdivision (b) of Penal Code Section 849 and other related subsections.”
As a result of her release, Sabo was not brought before a magistrate or charged with being under the influence.
Under the relevant sections, a peace officer may release from custody any person “arrested without a warrant” whenever: (1) “He or she is satisfied that there are insufficient grounds for making a criminal complaint against the person arrested;” or (3) “The person was arrested only for being under the influence of a controlled substance or drug and such person is delivered to a facility or hospital for treatment and no further proceedings are desirable.”
According to the release certificate, a record of arrest and release as defined above shall be deemed “a detention and not an arrest.”