SSFPD Media Release:DUI Repeat Offender Arrested for DUI/Suspended License

South San Francisco, CA   August 3, 2016  Submitted by SSFPD SSFPD logo color

On 08-03-16 at 7:14 AM, South San Francisco Police officers were dispatched to King  Drive  at  Newman Drive on a report that a citizen found a vehicle stopped halfway on a sidewalk with the driver passed out behind the wheel. Police officers and paramedics responded to the scene and located William Arnold Aguero  in the driver’s seat.  Aguero  was still passed  out, with the engine running and the car was  in gear. Aguero was initially unresponsive  to  officers  and paramedics.  After  several  minutes  Aguero woke up officers were able to remove him  from the car.  Aguero  was found to be under  the influence  of  an alcoholic beverage to the point that he was unable to walk unassisted. Witnesses  stated Aguero almost  hit a pedestrian when he drove up onto the sidewalk. The unknown  pedestrian  has not been  located  and the police would  like to locate and  interview  them.

 

Aguero was transported by paramedics to a local hospital for examination. Aguero was placed  under arrest for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and for driving with a suspended license (which was suspended for a previous DUI conviction). Aguero was later medically cleared  from  the hospital and booked into San Mateo County jail.  Aguero  has several prior DUI convictions  and he is on  the Police Department’s “DUI Hot List” as a repeat DUI offender with a suspended  license.  Aguero’s vehicle  was towed,  impounded  for 30 days, and  is potentially  subject to permanent  forfeiture.

 

The South San Francisco Police Department proactively works with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Traffic Safety on the DUI Hot List program. This is a program that identifies repeat DUI offenders who have suspended drivers licenses. All offenders on the list are provided a notice about their convictions, told about the Hot List program, and are warned not to drive. The South San Francisco Police Department regularly disseminates a list along with photographs of known DUI Hot List offenders to all traffic and patrol officers. Throughout the year, specially-trained officers also conduct undercover surveillance operations on Hot List offenders and watch their homes or workplace. Offenders caught driving are subject to immediate arrest for driving on a suspended license and are subject to additional DMV sanctions and criminal charges.

 

Studies and research conducted by the DMV shows a staggering 75% of drivers who are convicted  of  DUI continue to drive despite having their drivers  licenses suspended  or revoked.  Repeat DUI  offenders  in California are involved in 24% of fatal DUI crashes and 63% of injury DUI crashes.  These  statistics show why programs like the DUI Hot List are important in our efforts to reduce these numbers.

 

Funding for surveillance operations is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Anyone who know who the pedestrian was that was walking on the sidewalk is encouraged to call the Police Department  at 650-877-8900  and  ask  for Officer Nuti  in regards to case  #16-4520.

 

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