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. 13.
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 information.
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.
The hit-and-run charges dismissed against Fernandez stemmed from a May 5, 2019, incident in Calexico in which she was alleged to have driven into a parked car and a sign and driven away.
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