The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office announced that an Oakdale woman was sentenced to 16 months in state prison in Stanislaus County Superior Court on May 5 for violating her felony DUI probation after being arrested again for DUI last summer in Oakdale.
On Nov. 10, 2013, Amber Howe, 36, ran a red light at an intersection in Modesto, causing a chain-reaction wreck that injured several people. She was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol by the Modesto Police Department and had a blood alcohol level of .18 percent at that time.
In 2014, Howe pleaded guilty in that case to felony drunk driving causing injury and admitted having a previous misdemeanor drunk driving conviction from 2011. She was given five years of probation, ordered to serve 270 days in jail and make restitution to the victims she injured.
Last year, while on felony probation for the 2013 case, Howe was stopped for speeding by Oakdale Police Department officers on Aug. 6. Officers noted obvious signs of intoxication and she was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence again. The chemical test in that case showed her blood alcohol level to be .21 percent.
On May 5, Howe pleaded no-contest to the new felony charge, admitted having a prior felony drunk driving conviction and admitted violating her probation for committing a new crime while on probation.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Marie Silveira then sentenced Howe to 16 months in state prison.
Stanislaus County DA Birgit Fladager stated the case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Anthony Colacito working under a grant funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.