Riverside Council Member Facing Second DUI Charge

According to an article appearing on The Los Angeles Times website, Riverside City Council Member Clarissa Cervantes was arrested on the charge of DUI on Saturday – just weeks after a similar charge was dismissed in court.

According to Riverside County Sheriff’s Office records, 32-year-old Cervantes was arrested at 1:23 a.m. when officers with the California Highway Patrol pulled her over on Interstate 10 near Banning.

Cervantes was previously arrested on suspicion of DUI in 2014. Court documents indicate that she had accumulated more than $2,500 in fines in connection to that arrest. The arrest record showed that at the time of her arrest, she had a blood alcohol level of .15 percent – almost twice the legal limit of .08 percent. She was convicted of the charge.

In a hearing just two months ago, Cervantes told Judge Timothy J. Hollenhorst that she carried remorse for her actions and promised to “never do it again.”

On May 19, Judge Hollenhorst dismissed the charges against Cervantes. She was arrested again just a few short weeks later.

Cervantes will appear in Riverside County Court on August 30 to answer the latest charges against her.

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