A former business ally of Mayor Tom Bradley, accused of stealing $180,000 from a city-funded trade task force, now faces a drunk driving charge, according to a spokesman in the city attorney’s office. Juanita St. John, 59, of San Marino, was charged last week with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and having a blood-alcohol content higher than .08, said spokesman Mike Qualls.
The ex-head of the Task Force for Africa/Los Angeles Relations is to be arraigned in Los Angeles Municipal Court on Jan. 24. If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to six months in Los Angeles County Jail and fined $1,000.
St. John was arrested just before midnight Dec. 29 by the California Highway Patrol after being stopped on the Pasadena Freeway at Bridewell Street. The officers pulled her over while investigating a 911 report of a car driving erratically.