Crime, Fire + Courts

Woodland police sergeant arrested on suspicion of DUI

By March 11, 2011

A Woodland police sergeant has been placed on administrative leave following his arrest Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Charges were expected to be filed today against Steven Sexton, 52, of Woodland, who was arrested by California Highway Patrol officers at about 4:30 p.m. Monday on County Road 102 near Maxwell Avenue on the east edge of Woodland, CHP Sgt. Andy Hill said.

Minutes earlier, Sexton, who was off duty, had been riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle on County Road 27 near County Road 99.

There, “a witness saw him lose his balance and the bike fell over,” Hill said. The witness assisted Sexton and contacted the CHP after noticing “symptoms that the rider was under the influence of alcohol.”

Sexton then drove north on County Road 102 to Woodland, where CHP officers arrested him after he failed a field sobriety test, Hill said. He was cited and released to a relative.

Asked whether Sexton received preferential treatment, Hill said it’s “not unusual” for law-enforcement to cite and release certain DUI suspects for whom incarceration would pose a health or safety risk.

“For officer safety reasons, we made arrangements for (Sexton) to be picked up by his family,” Hill said.

Woodland police Lt. Anthony Cucchi declined to comment on Sexton’s arrest Thursday, citing personnel privacy issues, but confirmed 25-year Woodland Police Department veteran had been placed on paid administrative leave from the department. An internal investigation will be conducted, he said.

Sexton is scheduled to be arraigned May 9 in Yolo Superior Court.

Lauren Keene

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