CALEXICO — The last paperwork tied to first-term Calexico City Council Member Rosie Fernandez’s probation from her guilty plea to driving under the influence of alcohol was wrapped up Jan. 27, an Imperial County Superior Court clerk reported.
Fernandez, 62, reportedly
signed the paperwork tied to her probation judgment. It included her registering with the state
Department of Transportation and the state Department of Motor Vehicles, as
well as enrolling in driver-education classes.
In an exchange for the plea,
a second DUI charge and two charges of hit-and-run driving with property damage
against Fernandez were dismissed by Superior Court Judge Marco Nuñez on Jan.
The five years’ probation
imposed by Nunez includes 12 days of community service with a Caltrans work crew
and having an alcohol-detection device attached to her car’s ignition. Other
conditions include periodic drug and alcohol testing, according to court
Adrian Contreras, a deputy state attorney general who prosecuted
Fernandez, said outside the courtroom on Jan. 13 that Fernandez was given five
years of “summary probation” for the DUI case, which he explained is given to
lesser-, or first-time offenders not likely to re-offend.
Contreras declined further comment then and messages left with
Fernandez’s attorney, Eduardo Rivera, were not returned.
A Caltrans spokesperson declined
to confirm whether Fernandez had registered with the agency but said that
happens between the courts and the local probation department. However, on Jan.
30, county Chief Probation Officer Dan Prince said summary probation is
different in that terms are worked out directly between the court and the
agencies, free from the county probation department’s involvement.
Fernandez was arrested on suspicion of DUI on July 6, 2019, by the
California Highway Patrol following a collision with another vehicle on
southbound Highway 111 just north of McCabe Road.