Local Mom Charged with California DUI After Crashing Four Times

Posted By Thomas V. Wallin || 16-Jun-2011

California dui A California woman was driving under the influence with her children in the car when she proceeded to crash into a shed, a parked car, a street's lane divider and a couple of street signs, police allege.

Whitney Cotta, 24, was arrested on June 2 after her SUV became disabled during an unsuccessful left turn from Mohawk Street to California Avenue in Bakersfield, according to law enforcement officials.

Cotta's multiple crashes began just a few blocks away at a Sheraton Four Points hotel, BakersfieldNow.com reports. Hotel employees reportedly tried to detain her after she hit a shed in the parking lot, but she kept driving over the grass to exit the property. She also rear-ended a stopped car and a lane divider before the vehicle finally became inoperable.

Cotta was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, child endangerment, and hit-and-run.

If convicted of California DUI, the woman will likely face greater penalties because her children were in the vehicle.

While there is a minimum sentence for each California DUI offense, a judge can increase the recommended sentence for any "enhancements" that may apply to the case.

Some examples of enhancements that could affect the severity of your California DUI penalties are:

  • Speeding at the time of arrest
  • Driving under the influence with children in the car
  • Being involved in an accident while under the influence
  • Driving on a suspended license

If you or someone you know is arrested following a California DUI-related accident, it is imperative to consult with an experienced DUI attorney. Contact our California DUI attorneys today.