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