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Sheriff’s deputy convicted of DUI

An Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputy was convicted and sentenced to two months in jail for driving on the wrong side of the road after drinking while off-duty at a Costa Mesa bar, authorities said Monday.

Mario Castro, 33, of Orange pleaded guilty Friday to a court offer of one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior conviction, one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol content level of .08 or more with a prior, and a sentencing enhancement for a blood alcohol level greater than .15, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.

Castro was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years of informal probation and an 18-month multiple-offender alcohol program. He will also be required to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Victim Impact Panel, the D.A.'s office said.

On Sept. 30, Castro was arrested after drinking at a Costa Mesa bar. He was driving on the wrong side of the road and headed toward a marked Orange Police Department patrol car before he was stopped and arrested, authorities said.


At the time of his arrest, Castro was three times above the legal limit, with a .24 blood alcohol level.

— Lauren Williams

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