Former Assemblymember Arrested for DUI

When it comes to spotting a suspected DUI driver, police are trained in certain things to look for that may indicate intoxication. A good many of these telltale signs come directly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has compiled a list of signs that a driver might not be sober. Some of these signs include difficulty with keys or other controls, difficulty exiting the car, slurred speech, swaying while walking or standing still, and repeating questions or comments. While none of these prove intoxication, seeing one or more of these can give an officer just cause to treat a person exhibiting these signs as a potential DUI.

KCRA reports on a former California Assemblymember being arrested for DUI by the California Highway Patrol.

Kristen Olsen, a Stanislaus County supervisor, was taken into custody at about 10:50 p.m. last Wednesday.

She had been driving on Interstate 80 near Greenback Lane. A deputy in a Sacramento County Sheriff’s car noticed Olsen driving erratically and without her headlights on.

The deputy pulled Olsen over and then called the CHP to assist.

Olsen failed a field sobriety test and was booked into the Sacramento County Jail.

She was released from jail on Thursday and issued the following apology: “I regret having made this inadvertent, careless mistake,” Olsen said in a statement. “As you can imagine, I’m embarrassed and horrified. I apologize to my family and constituents for this incident. It was a hard lesson to learn.”

Olsen served the 12th Assembly District from 2010 to 2016. In 2016, she was elected represent Stanislaus County’s 1st district and took office in 2017.

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