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January 27, 2022

San Lucas man sentenced to prison for 5th DUI

SAN LUCAS — San Lucas resident Teofilo Velasco, 34, was sentenced Jan. 4 to two years in state prison after pleading no contest to driving under the influence and admitting a prior conviction for DUI as a felony.

The current case is Velasco’s fifth conviction for DUI since 2014.

On Sept. 26, 2021, at 5:20 p.m., a California Highway Patrol officer observed Velasco outside King City, eastbound on Wildhorse Road, weaving on the roadway around a blind curve. He was stopped and officers found an open can of Coors Light spilling at his feet.

Field sobriety tests were conducted and Velasco was found to be under the influence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol content level of .10, above the legal limit of .08.

The case was prosecuted by the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office’s specialized DUI Vertical Prosecution Unit. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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