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Sacramento County program targeting DUI offenders gets nearly $1 million in funding

Citrus Heights police Officer Jennifer Kell checks a drivers license during a DUI checkpoint on eastbound Greenback Lane between Birdcage and Sunrise in this file photo.
Citrus Heights police Officer Jennifer Kell checks a drivers license during a DUI checkpoint on eastbound Greenback Lane between Birdcage and Sunrise in this file photo. Sacramento Bee file

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully on Wednesday announced $993,000 in additional funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety for a special prosecution team that handles driving under the influence cases involving repeat offenders and vehicle crashes resulting in serious injury or death.

The funding is available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The county’s Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driver Vertical Prosecution Program includes prosecutors specializing in alcohol- and drug-impaired driving cases.

In the past fiscal year, the county said the team successfully prosecuted 24 defendants in cases involving charges of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and DUI with great bodily injury. In addition, 242 felony and 6,587 misdemeanor cases of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs were successfully prosecuted.

Call The Bee’s Mark Glover, (916) 321-1184.

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