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|Plea Deal Offered to Andrea Alarcon - Daughter of Richard Alarcon|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:43|
LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A plea deal that would resolve a nearly year-old drunken driving case in San Bernardino County has been offered to Los Angeles Board of Public Works President Andrea Alarcon, who remains under investigation in a separate alleged child endangerment case in Los Angeles County.
The deal offered by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office would require Alarcon, 33, to plead guilty to misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence and child endangerment, since her then- 10-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of her arrest last Dec. 30.
In exchange, Deputy District Attorney William Gale would drop a second DUI charge and Alarcon would be placed on four years of informal probation, fined $2,300 and be required to complete a fourmonth alcohol program and 50- week child abuser program, said Christopher Lee, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County D.A.'s office.
Gale made the offer during a pretrial hearing, and another hearing was set for Jan. 23. "No deal has been reached at this time," Lee said.
Alarcon's attorney, Michael Scaffidi, could not be immediately reached for comment. Two days before New Year's Day, Alarcon was driving south on Route 18 out of Big Bear Lake with her daughter when she got a flat tire, causing her car to block traffic. A California Highway Patrol officer who stopped to assist Alarcon performed a field sobriety test, and Alarcon blew at least a 0.15, according to court documents.
Alarcon, who is the daughter of Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon, is under investigation in a separate alleged child endangerment incident that occurred Nov. 16. He has been instrumental in assisting his daughter in her political career.
She was allegedly partying with an aide who works in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office when General Services Department officers found her 11- year-old daughter wandering alone in City Hall some time after 11 p.m. that Friday night. Alarcon turned up at a downtown police station to retrieve her daughter around 2 a.m. Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said Alarcon's case was referred to the D.A.'s office several weeks ago, but was referred back to Los Angeles police with a request for more investigation before prosecutors determine whether to file charges.
D.A. Jackie Lacey is prosecuting Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca, on felony perjury and voter fraud charges for allegedly lying about living outside the 7th District City Council boundaries.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 13 December 2012 06:45|