On Friday on the way home from my lovely wife’s birthday dinner we saw a number of police vehicles in our neighborhood. We also saw a female getting given the police sobriety test. An article in our local paper explains what had occurred.
It turns out there was a hit and run accident, with a female perpetrator, Diana Almanza. This individual had just last week committed the same offense (DUI and hit and run), and was let go after a night in jail. Then on Friday, she committed the exact same offense, and would you believe it, hit the same vehicle as she did last week!
The police arrested Almanza, but she was release “on her own recognizance about 5:30 a.m” the next morning… Erm, she was released? After 2 DUI’s and a hit and run in the same week? Give me a break. That is ridiculous. She should still be in jail…
She is a good friend of the current Mayor (Ellie Wooten). I am left wondering 2 things:
1. Does Merced PD just have a weak DUI policy
2. Does knowing the mayor help you in these circumstances.
Time will tell…