Date and Time of Release: 13 May 2013
Date and Time of Incident: 12 May 2013, at approx. 12:05 am
Subject: Police Department Struck by Drunk Driver
12 May 2013, at approx. 12:05 am, Officers were inside the Police Department when they heard a loud crash. When they looked outside, they noticed that a 1995 Ford truck had struck the south/east corner of the department, damaging the recently remodeled structure.
The driver then drove off southbound on South Green Street. Officers were able to catch the vehicle and stop it on Stockton Road, near West Bradford. Officers contacted the driver who as identified as Steven Lavine 59 of Sonora.
Lavine asked the officers if they didn’t have anything else better to do, like chase criminals. When asked to perform field sobriety tests, Lavine replied he was too intoxicated to try the tests. A preliminary alcohol screening test showed Lavine’s blood alcohol level to be almost three times the legal limit.
Lavine was taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Tuolumne County Jail and booked for misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor hit and run.