Law Firm of Aaron Bortel


Statistics For Marijuana And DUI Fatal Crashes By Time Of Day Are Alarmingly Different

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In 2015, Marijuana took the life of 3,100 individuals and most of the accidents happened at a time of day significantly different from the time when motorists drive under the influence of alcohol. For 11 consecutive days, it was observed that the number of accidents that happened due to the use of Marijuana in the time period starting 6am to 5pm was more than the number of accidents that occurred due to the use of DUI. Accidents that happen as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol mostly occur during the evening when there… Read More

Suspected Drunk Driver Slams Into El Cerrito Police Car

EL CERRITO – A 37-year-old man hit a patrol car in the 800 block of Richmond Street. Luckily, the El Cerrito police officer sitting inside it didn’t sustain any injury. The vehicle crashed in the patrol car around 8:55 p.m. and escaped the scene after damaging the driver’s side door of the patrol car. The individual who was behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck the patrol car was intoxicated. The cops who were sent to the incident spot succeeded in searching the suspect some time after the crash and they took him into custody for DUI. The suspect… Read More

DUI Crash In Sonoma County Leads To Discovery Of Kidnapped Woman

PETALUMA – On Tuesday morning, CHP was making efforts to solve a kidnapping case and investigate a DUI accident that happened on U.S. Highway 101 in Sonoma County. 54-year-old Douglas Stevenson was driving his 1996 Volvo at a high rate of speed on northbound Highway 101 south of a gas station on Kastania Road when he failed to turn his vehicle properly from a curve and ran off the highway, over a ditch and stopped after entering into a field. The California Highway Patrol officers approached the accident spot at about 12:30 a.m. and they found Stevenson was injured. He… Read More

Drugged Driving Suspected At Local BART Station Crash In South San Francisco

South San Francisco, CA – A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of El Camino Real and the entrance to the South San Francisco BART station resulted in two people being hospitalized. The incident took place Thursday. Both drivers suffered minor injuries and were taken away on ambulance. One of the injured is now facing felony DUI charges after the crash. According to a news release, a thorough police investigation revealed that one of the drivers was under the influence of drugs at the time of the collision. Source:

Petaluma Man Arrested For DUI After 2 Stores Refused Alcohol

PETALUMA – According to police reports, 25-year-old Vincent McCarthy of Petaluma was arrested Tuesday in Petaluma for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. The arrest took place after two businesses reported refusing to sell alcohol to him and his friend as they were too intoxicated. Both men were then reported to flee the businesses in their vehicle. McCarthy was arrested on suspicion of DUI and driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08 percent. Officers first responded when they received a call from an employee at the Lucky supermarket at 1000 Petaluma Blvd. N. on Tuesday at 1:38 p.m. They… Read More

Two-Week Holiday Drunken Driving Crackdown Launched In New York

ALBANY, NY – A two-week holiday crackdown on drivers who choose to drink and drive is planned by the New York State. The plan was announced on Thursday. The crackdown will be started from Friday and it will end on 1st of January. Sobriety checkpoints will be setup and the number of patrols will be increased with the help of marked and unmarked police vehicles. Cops will catch motorists driving under the influence of alcohol as well as those who violate seat belt laws; they will also look for those who use mobile phones while behind the wheel. 447 individuals… Read More

Local Chef And Restaurateur Michael Chiarello Arrested For DUI

Local chef and restaurateur, 54-year-old Michael Chiarello, was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to officials, he also faced additional charges including possession of a controlled substance. The type of drug found on Chiarello could not be immediately identified and an investigation is ongoing. The incident took place around 3:27 a.m. at Yountville Cross Road and Silverado Trail near Yountville when Chiarello was pulled over and arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer. He was driving a black 2015 Porsche Boxster when he was pulled over. He told the arresting officer that he was coming… Read More

Suspected DUI Driver Kills Petaluma Pedestrian

PETALUMA – On Saturday night, a 42-year-old pedestrian died while crossing a street when a DUI driver hit him. Police told that the accident happened at about 10:55 p.m. Cops were sent to investigate the accident involving a pedestrian near the Petaluma Library on East Washington Street and Fairgrounds Drive. The cops found a man lying in the roadway and a white Mercedes utility van was stopped in the center of the road. The victim sustained life threatening injuries in the accident. He suffered serious injuries to his abdomen, chest and head trauma as well. The victim was rushed to… Read More

San Jose Driver Arrested After Suspected DUI Collision Kills Cyclist In San Jose

SAN JOSE – 26-year-old Taylor Hildreth of San Jose was arrested Thursday night after a suspected DUI crash that killed a bicyclist in San Jose. The incident took place in San Jose at around 9:41 p.m. at Auzerais Avenue and Drake Street. A preliminary investigation showed that the driver was driving a white 2005 Dodge west on Auzerais Avenue. The motorist allegedly drifted into the bike lane on the right, before he clipped a van and hit the cyclist. The cyclist died at the scene. The name and identity of the cyclist was not released. According to reports by traffic… Read More

Driver Arrested After Two CHP Officers Hurt In Suspected DUI Crash In Lakeside

In an incident, a suspected drunken driver collided with a patrol car in Lakeside, hurting two California Highway Patrol officers as a result. The incident took place at the intersection of Los Coches Road. As the officers were driving through the intersection, a suspected drunken driver ran a red light on Julian Avenue. The incident took place at about 1 a.m. Friday. The officers were rushed to a local hospital and they had been released from the hospital by 6:30 a.m. The officers were not yet identified but they said that they suffered pain and bruises and are recovering. Apart… Read More