Driver Of La Mesa Mayor's SUV Pleads In Drunken Driving Case

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The city worker found slumped behind the wheel
of La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid's sport utility vehicle two months ago
has pleaded not guilty to drunken driving.

Trisha Turner, who works for the La Mesa finance department, was
in the driver's seat Feb. 20 with the engine running and the apparently drunk 73-year-old mayor was lying on the sidewalk near the vomit-splashed SUV.

The lawyer for the 34-year-old Turner entered the not guilty plea on her behalf Thursday via a fax sent to San Diego Superior Court. Turner is charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police drove Madrid and Turner home without giving them field sobriety tests. The City Council hired an independent investigator to look into whether police followed department policy and the report is expected later this month.

Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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