Parole Commissioner in State Car Nabbed at DUI Checkpoint

A deputy parole commissioner is facing drunk driving charges after he was stopped in a state-issued car at a DUI checkpoint near Highway 99 in Merced County.

Corrections officials say the inebriated executive director of the Board of Parole Hearings was also in the car, although he faces no charges.

The driver, Bobby Rodriguez, was arrested on Nov. 26 and is awaiting his court date.

Spokesman Bill Sessa says the state Department of Corrections
takes the issue seriously and is reviewing the case involving Rodriguez and his passenger, John Monday, head of the parole board.

As a deputy parole commissioner, Rodriguez makes decisions on parole revocations and releasing prisoners.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee,

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