Crime, Fire + Courts

DUI charges filed against Woodland police sergeant

By March 22, 2011

The Yolo County District Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor charges against a Woodland police sergeant arrested earlier this month on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Steven Edward Sexton, 52, faces two DUI-related counts — driving under the influence of alcohol and with a blood-alcohol content at or above the state’s legal limit of .08. Each charge also carries an enhancement alleging an excessive BAC of .15 or above, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Raven said Tuesday.

The 25-year Woodland Police Department veteran is scheduled to be arraigned May 9 in Yolo Superior Court. He remains on paid administrative leave from his job, Lt. Anthony Cucchi said.

He was arrested March 7 on County Road 102 and Maxwell Avenue in Woodland after California Highway Patrol officers received a tip from a motorist who reported seeing the off-duty sergeant lose his balance and fall over on his motorcycle near County Roads 27 and 99.

After allegedly failing a field sobriety test, Sexton was cited and released to a relative by the CHP, who cited “officer safety” reasons for not lodging Sexton at the Yolo County Jail.

Woodland police said they planned to conduct an internal investigation following Sexton’s arrest.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048.

Lauren Keene

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