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California Highway Patrol officer to be sentenced today in DUI wreck


43-year-old California Highway Patrol officer Doreen Bernice Shaw is scheduled to be sentenced today in Shasta County Superior Court.

The 18-year CHP veteran pleaded no-contest in January to felony DUI in connection with a chain-reaction traffic accident.

According to her attorney John Kucera of Redding, Shaw could be placed on probation for up to five years and could face another year maximum in jail. Shaw, who is a resident of Redding, entered her no-contest plea before Shasta County Superior Court Judge Daniel Flynn. Now Flynn will determine the length of Shaw’s probation and whether she will serve any jail time or not. Shaw took the plea deal in exchange for felony probation.

Shaw was not hurt in the crash for which she be punished, but five others suffered minor injuries.

According to the police, Shaw’s blood alcohol level ranged from 0.13 percent to 0.16 percent during the crash. However, the legal driving limit is 0.08 percent.

A Redding police report mentions that Shaw reportedly admitted she was too drunk to drive. She was belligerent, combative and screamed profanities at officers at the scene of the wreck. Moreover, she also tried to walk away from officers after she was handcuffed.

This was not all; she kneed RPD Officer Tyler Lanham in his left thigh. After that, she was forcibly placed in the back of a patrol car.

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My name is Aaron Bortel. I practice in the state of California. I primarily handle DUI law and criminal defense. I’ve been practicing for a little more than 20 years. We review about 100 DUI cases every month. We might end up handling 30 or 40 of those DUI cases. If you do the math on that, that’s about 360 to about 400 plus cases that we may represent within that year.