In California, the “legal limit” for how much alcohol a person can have in their system is usually 0.08%. While a person can be convicted with less alcohol in their system, it is far less likely. When it comes to having a blood alcohol level that is in excess of 0.08%, California has enhancement penalties for people who drive with a BAC above 0.15% or above 0.20%. Because it is an enhancement and not a separate offense, a person will only face the penalties if convicted of the DUI charge. Conviction with an excessive BAC means higher fines, longer jail time, longer license suspension, longer version of DUI school, and the installation of an ignition interlock device.
The Fresno Bee reports on a woman arrested on suspected DUI charges after killing four people in an accident.
24-year-old Jasmin Paramo is suspected of being intoxicated and driving in the wrong lane of a Tulare County highway on Sunday morning.
The accident occurred just after 2 a.m. on Highway 65 in Strathmore according to the California Highway Patrol.
Paramo was driving an Infinity SUV north in the southbound lanes of the highway. Also driving in the southbound lanes were two Harley-Davidson motorcycles. One of the motorcycles was carrying a 49-year-old male driver and a 41-year-old female passenger. The other motorcycle had on board a 42-year-old male driver and his 40-year-old female passenger.
Just north of Avenue 196, Paramo struck both motorcycles head-on. All four occupants were ejected from the motorcycles and were killed.
Paramo was airlifted to a hospital but was released later that morning. She was booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial facility.
She is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter, driving on a suspended or revoked license and DUI with a 0.20% blood-alcohol level causing injury. She is being held on a bond of $100,000.