Monterey County

San Jose man convicted of 5th drunken-driving incident

SALINAS, Calif. - A Monterey County jury convicted a 53-year-old San Jose man of driving under the influence -- marking his fifth conviction for the offense.

Ricardo DeLaTorre was convicted of drunken-driving and possessing an open container stemming from an incident in November. DeLaTorre was driving a motorhome on Highway 101 southbound at San Miguel Canyon when he hit a truck trying to merge onto the highway. He stumbled out of the motorhome, leaving it in "drive," and the vehicle crashed into a guardrail. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested at the scene by California Highway Patrol officers. Officers found multiple open containers of vodka and beer inside the vehicle.

DeLaTorre previously was convicted for drunken-driving on four different occasions, and spent time in prison for a DUI conviction in Santa Clara County in February 2013.

Sentencing is set for July 18. DeLaTorre faces up to four years in state prison.

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