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2013

Man Sentenced to 10 Years 8 Months Custody Time For Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol
 
Department:
 
District Attorney

Date:
8/14/2013
Contact:
Dave Stevenson

Phone:
(530) 303-2411
An El Dorado County man was sentenced on August 13, 2013, to 10 years, 8 months in state prison after being convicted of driving under the influence charges.  Judge Warren Stracener imposed the sentence on James Preston Martin, 53, of Georgetown following a trial in which a jury convicted him of two driving under the influence charges and driving with a suspended license for incidents that took place on January 24th and August 3, 2012. Judge Stracener also imposed a 10 year license revocation which will take effect when Martin is released from custody, and declared Martin to be a habitual traffic offender.

In the January 24, 2012 driving under the influence incident, Martin drove to the Gas and Go mini-mart in Georgetown and subsequently lost his car keys. While searching for an extended period for his lost keys, Martin was reported by a 911 caller who feared Martin might attempt to leave while being under the influence of alcohol.  CHP Officer Kevin Bliss arrived on scene after Martin and did not witness Martin driving his vehicle but alertly noted that the station had security cameras and obtained videotaped evidence of Martin driving into the location. This evidence was later presented in court to the jury. In the August 3, 2012 incident, Martin drove his vehicle off Highway 193 in the Georgetown area damaging his vehicle and sustaining minor injuries.

Deputy District Attorney Michael P. Pizzuti, who prosecuted the case, said the court sentenced the defendant to the maximum confinement time allowed by law after finding Martin had a prior felony driving under the influence offense and based upon Martin’s criminal record. Deputy District Attorney Pizzuti is assigned to vertically prosecute felony driving under the influence cases and vehicular manslaughter cases for the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office under a newly instituted traffic safety grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.