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Terbolizard guilty of drunken driving

Ted Terbolizard, a former Congressional candidate, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent.

Terbolizard represented himself in a jury trial that started Tuesday. Superior Court Judge Julie McManus presided.

He was sentenced to three years of court probation, four days of work release and a fine of $1,916, according to courthouse staff and Cliff Newell, Nevada County District Attorney.

As part of his probation, McManus also ordered Terbolizard not to drive unless he got a license and was insured. He also cannot drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in his blood.

Terbolizard will have to attend a three-month DUI program for first offenders, Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson said.

Terbolizard, of Cedar Ridge, was arrested Feb. 10 by Grass Valley police on suspicion of drunken driving. Police stopped his silver Jeep Cherokee at 1:43 a.m. on Highway 174 at Empire Street, according to police records.

The arresting officer pulled Terbolizard over for “excessive speed over 50 miles an hour,” Grass Valley Police Sgt. Joe Matteoni told The Union soon after the arrest.

“Based on his driving, the field sobriety tests and physical symptoms, the officers formulated an opinion that he was impaired to the point he could not drive safely,” Matteoni added.

Terbolizard said the area on the roadside where he was given the sobriety test was muddy and uneven, making it impossible for anyone to pass. He was returning home after a fundraiser for his campaign.

Terbolizard ran for the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District on a platform of a strict reading of the Constitution, greater personal freedom and personal responsibility.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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