CHP makes DUI arrest

pasOn Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at approximately 3:30 PM, the California Highway Patrol Bishop Communications Center received a call of an erratic driver traveling on northbound US-395, near Tom’s Place.  An officer assigned to the Mammoth Lakes Resident post located the vehicle on School Road, east of US-395.  The officer contacted the driver (Ms. Randia Rayle, age 25) and noted objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication.  The officer conducted a driving under the influence (DUI) investigation.  Ms. Rayle performed field sobriety tests and provided a breath sample.  The preliminary alcohol screening device indicated Ms. Rayle’s blood alcohol content was approximately 0.26%, more than three times the legal limit.  Ms. Rayle was arrested for DUI and subsequently booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport, California.  Ms. Rayle was issued a driver license suspension and her vehicle was towed from the scene.

Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, commander of the California Highway Patrol Bridgeport Area, said, “This late afternoon arrest demonstrates DUI is a 24 hour a day issue.  The citizen who called in to report this driver probably saved a life.  Please, if you see a drunk driver call 911.”


27 Responses to CHP makes DUI arrest

  1. Orange County DUI Attorney April 16, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    Extremely dangerous behavior. She was lucky that no one was killed. Often times one DUI mistake can be enough to ruin lives. Hopefully she can learn from this.

    • Trouble April 16, 2014 at 5:47 am #

      Attorney, I dispute your comment . You said “Often times”. I have heard the average drunk driver drives drunk over two thousand times in their life before they are ever sighted for DUI.

  2. ferdinand lopez April 12, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    seems to be some alcohol abuse from these bloggers

  3. JUST THE FACTS April 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm #


    Generally, an anonymous telephone tip is not going to be sufficient to justify a detention, although it can be if there is a sufficient basis–such as predicting future behavior–for thinking the tip is worthy of belief. (J.L. (2000) 529 U.S. 266; White (1990) 496 U.S. 325, 330; Ramirez (1996) 41 Cal.App.4th 1608.) However, if the call is reporting possible drunk or reckless driving by someone who has observed the driving, the call, itself, may provide a sufficient basis for a brief investigatory stop . (Wells (2006) 38 Cal.4th 1078; Lowry (2005) 129 Cal.App.4th 926.) (See a more thorough discussion of anonymous tips in Ch. 2-III-B-2.)

    • Ken Warner April 11, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

      I agree with just about everything you said except about the police. They are professionals who are doing the job the society gives them to do as impartially as possible. Humans make mistakes and cannot be completely objective. If police and the legal system today do seem to protect business interests to a greater degree — it’s what the society has asked them to do. Refer back to my comments about the need for an educated constituency who really participates in the process.

      And I don’t care if people get stoned blind as long as they don’t drive or do other things to endanger the public. But you really wouldn’t want some drug users or drunks or even heavy smokers for neighbors.

      Given the rancor with which people here on this blog treat each other, your desire for a rational coming together seems more than just out of reach — it seem positively naive. A nice idea that has been struggling for life since the prophets suggested it.

      And yeah, we are working really hard as a World population to reduce our one and only nest to a burned out cinder.

      This is it. We don’t get no more. There aint no warp drive star ship waiting to take us to other stars. The atmosphere we all depend on will only support life to about 4 miles up. You can ride your bike 4 miles in a few minutes. We aint going to Mars anytime soon. The people of the World are largely ignorant and incapable of managing what a very few have given them.

      The United States is about 5% of the current World population and we use 25% of the Worlds resources and everybody else want’s to live just like us. Figure it out. We mostly agree — our differences are not worth squabbling about.

      • Desert Tortoise April 12, 2014 at 8:29 am #

        Ken, it isn’t all a grand plot. Some idiot was reeling drunk driving a motor vehicle on a public highway. Someone called the cops to report it like you might call the cops to report a burglar or an assault, the cops found the person driving drunk, witness their driving, pulled them over, got their hair blown back by booze breath and followed the procedure to investigate and arrest a drunk. That’s all Ken. Misdemeanor offense unless the person had a prior DUI conviction. Then it becomes a felony. Luckily this time no one was hurt. It doesn’t always work out that way, as a couple who posted here can attest. It is nothing more or less than that Ken.

        • Ken Warner April 12, 2014 at 10:50 am #

          I don’t understand your comment DT. I think the cops did the right thing. Why do you think that I think otherwise?

  4. Ken Warner April 11, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    Drunk drivers scare me. Yet alcohol is legal and promoted in the media as being really cool. Same with tobacco. Some here have said that meth is the scourge of the Earth. It’s none of the substances that are at fault. It’s the people who use them. But there I go distaining again…

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year.

    The number of drug deaths in the US in a typical year is as follows:

    Tobacco kills about 390,000.
    Alcohol kills about 80,000.
    Sidestream smoke from tobacco kills about 50,000.
    Cocaine kills about 2,200.
    Heroin kills about 2,000.
    Aspirin kills about 2,000.
    Marijuana kills 0. There has never been a recorded death due to marijuana at any time in US history.
    All illegal drugs combined kill about 4,500 people per year, or about one percent of the number killed by alcohol and tobacco. Tobacco kills more people each year than all of the people killed by all of the illegal drugs in the last century.

    • The Aggressive Progressive April 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      “its the people who use them” Geez Ken, I’m one to think society shouldn’t be taken off the hook, especially when we realize the punitive approach to drug use isn’t working to deter future use or the production of, we know it’s a cultural norm to look down on drug user’s when really they are all qualified to be a neighbor, we all know in our own way how some things just don’t make sense, but is still perpetuated today…
      We always should follow where the money is coming from, everything in our daily lives is driven by the market economy… and unfortunately we have come full circle, the US gov’t was meant to regulate business and help with the inefficiencies of the economy, BUT instead, what we have now is business regulating the gov’t.. In a MAJOR WAY!

      And as honorable of a job a police office is and can be, their access to the “monopoly on violence” is commonly used to protect the business interest and hence beat down there fellow country men and woman that might be a questioning or protesting a corporation or industry activities…

      I think we need to embrace one another and settle obvious differences if we want to get our gov’t back and create a way of life we can pass on to our kids and grand kids without the worry of the repercussions by what we do to the planet today..

      A study found that by 2050 (approx. 9 billion people on planet), we will need 27 earths to keep up with our current consumption of finite resources… but that is what we get when we have a system that looks at the planet as a inventory of goods to profit off of…

      Go ahead, call me a anti-capitalists or “knucklehead”, I will gladly reply 🙂

    • Trouble April 11, 2014 at 10:50 pm #

      Those are interesting stats Ken. I’d like to know how many of our teens died last year on legally prescribed drugs?

      Thanks also to Officer Watson for taking time to reply to my rumblings! It’s good to hear all views on some issues.

      • Ken Warner April 12, 2014 at 9:00 am #

        Alcohol and tobacco are legal…

      • Sierra Lady April 12, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

        ^ That’s CHIEF Watson.

        B. Richter

  5. Trouble April 10, 2014 at 11:06 pm #

    Blaze, I never supported drinking and driving. If you want to accuse me of standing up for OUR CIVIL RIGHTS I will be happy to discuss your false accusations here!

  6. BlazeWhitney April 10, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Trouble please read the following link:

    This will show you what a 25 year female that has been drinking is capable of. This female killed my nephew because nobody turned her in. She has not spent a day in jail and won’t even go to court for two more months. Driving under the influence can ruin a lot more lives than just the persons who gets arrested. I pray no one in your family has to face such a tragedy. RIP Austin, you will never be forgotten.

  7. Roy April 10, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    With her .26 she was a extreme danger to the public… I have no use for drunk drivers as I have seen more than my share of people killed injured by a drunk driver….Trouble when you lose a loved one to a drunk driver maybe you will have a different attitude….

    • Trouble April 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

      Roy, I really don’t think it’s o.k. to drink and drive at any level, I personally don’t. But when our gov’t bodies abuse our civil rights and play on peoples fears, as these press releases clearly does, I will never stand by silent. For this police press release to say that the 911 caller probably saved a life, is complete baloney 99.999 % of the time. There are other ways to help change peoples ways without playing on their fears. Look at the Pussy Riot Girls as a great modern example.

      • Wayne Deja April 10, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

        Trouble…If you truly feel it’s wrong to drink and drive,and don’t do it yourself,you should let it go and not defend those that do…what it does is offend people,especially those that have lost friends and family because of a DUI driver….and what it also does is make you look stupid by doing it..or one of those people that say outlandish,stupid things on the internet just trying to get a negative reaction…a DUI driver caught in a fast-food restaurant drive-thru.,or one that was driving reckless and reported for doing it has nothing to do with civil rights….if anything,it’s mine and others “civil rights” to be able to safely drive a vehicle on the highway.

        • Trouble April 10, 2014 at 11:01 pm #

          Wayne, police can not pull people over because someone calls 911 and says you are drunk only . The cops are playing you if you believe that. They have to witness you breaking the law. If you are a fleeing felon it is a different story. Drunk driving is not a felony. Basically police have to witness you out of control of your vehicle to pull you over and can not pull you over just because some pissed off bar tender, that got stiffed, reported you. Lets see if retired Roy or Captain Cohen deputes me on that? Please stop saying I support drink and driving, I never have!

          Inyo County actually has a case that was dismissed” in the name of justice “,because the officer lied on the stand saying he witness a 911 suspect driving erratically . The police car video proved the officer lied on the stand. Lets see if Cohen or Roy dispute these facts?

          • disgruntled citizen April 11, 2014 at 9:37 am #

            The call is reasonable suspision if coupled with seeing the car failure to maintain a lane….

          • Dan Watson April 11, 2014 at 10:19 am #

            Trouble, you’re confusing probable cause to arrest with PC to make a stop. An officer cannot arrest someone solely because of a 911 call that a driver was erratic. The officer can use that call to make a stop of the vehicle to investigate further. The decision to make a DUI arrest is based on a variety of observations- driving, vehicle code violations, objective symptoms of impairment such as odor of alcohol, blood shot eyes, slurred speech, etcetera, performance during a field sobriety test, and a preliminary breath test. They collectively give the officer reason to make a determination whether the driver is DUI.

            It is not an abuse of your civil rights for an officer to pull you over because someone called 911 and reported that you might be DUI. You cannot be arrested if that is the only evidence. Since you don’t drink and drive, you would be released unless some other crime was detected.

          • Charles O. Jones April 11, 2014 at 10:34 am #

            “Wayne, police can not pull people over because someone calls 911 and says you are drunk only . The cops are playing you if you believe that.”

            Not true. This very topic is currently being argued in the “Navarette v. California” case. We will have a decision at some point that will offer more definitive legal guidance for law enforcement agencies in the future. Until that time, many law enforcement agencies can and will pull people over based on a 911 call alone.

  8. Desert Tortoise April 10, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Isn’t it amazing considering the years of efforts to educate people not to drink and drive that people still do? What does it take to get the message through these thick skulls? And this particular person wasn’t just a little buzzed. He would have been slurring his words like a Foster Brooks routine.

  9. Wayne Deja April 10, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    THANK YOU to the person reporting this erratic driver on HWY 395 and helping to get them off the street..I’m planning a fishing trip to Tom’s Place soon,and sure wouldn’t want my mini-vacation ruined by getting run off the road and into a ditch by some (alleged) drunk driver…she blew a .26 ?….are you kidding me ?….that is WAY more than just being(allegedly) “under the influence”…DUI…..jail time…..a big fine….lose your license….tow the car with tow and impound fees….hopefully,a lesson learned.

    • Trouble April 10, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Good luck fishing at Tom’s Place Wayne. Their aquarium is empty. Any way, I know I’ll get accused of sticking up for all the drunk drivers again, but I am really amazed that the police believe they are our life saving hero’s for locking up some 25 year girl and then holding her up like their first big game kill up here.

      • Wayne Deja April 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm #

        Trouble….I’m not even going to go into your defense of another DUI driver…Roy says it best….what it will take is for you or a loved one to experience FIRST HAND the damage and carnage they do.. far as saying the “aquarium is empty” at Tom’s Place….don’t know what you mean by that….if your trying to say not much or no fish in the area due to the low water….we’ll see….if they are there,I will catch.

      • Rick O'Brien April 10, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

        A 21 year old female (who was convicted of DUI when she was 17) drove drunk on the Pomona Freeway last month, at 100 mph, in the wrong direction, and killed a family of 4, her best friend, AND her own sister. Since she was previously convicted, she now faces 6 MURDER charges. I bet she wishes somebody, anybody, would have called 911. I have NO idea how you got 3 thumbs up for your comments…

      • Diana king April 15, 2014 at 8:36 am #

        This young lady has some serious problems and needs help. Hopefully this jail time will be the first step to her recovery.Thank you to the person that called this in.


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