For Immediate ReleaseMay 06, 2019
Countywide enforcement took place prior to Cinco de Mayo
San Rafael, CA – The Marin County Probation Department conducted a multiagency operation on May 3 targeting 26 offenders on supervised probation for alcohol related offenses. One arrest was made in Novato for a violation of probation and three other residents were found with alcohol in their residence.
Two teams split up across the county to conduct extensive searches of residences and vehicles belonging to DUI offenders. The operation was conducted to ensure community safety with the approaching weekend and Cinco de Mayo holiday.
A Novato woman on supervised probation for DUI charges was arrested. Upon contact with the resident, officers suspected that she had just been driving as she was contacted while unloading groceries from her vehicle. She claimed she had just been dropped off by a friend, but attempts to locate the friend were unsuccessful.
During a search of the woman’s vehicle, she was found in possession of two large bottles of tequila and a pre-mixed margarita bottle. She was booked into Marin County Jail.
Three other residents on active supervised probation were found with alcohol within their home, and petitions will be filed for the court to determine the proper sanction for those violations of probation.
“This was a preplanned event and these unannounced probation searches on DUI offenders will occur on a regular basis,” said Deputy Probation Officer Tony Raitano. “In light of the tragedy that occurred in Sleepy Hollow recently in which a pedestrian was killed by a suspected DUI driver, all people should be diligent in speaking out against driving while intoxicated.”
Michael DalyChief Probation OfficerProbation Department
3501 Civic Center Dr.Suite 259San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-6602Email: Michael DalyProbation website