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May 20, 2022

Greenfield man gets prison time for DUI, impersonating officer

GREENFIELD — A 27-year-old Greenfield man has been sentenced to prison after pleading no contest to driving under the influence and impersonating a police officer.

Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine M. Pacioni announced April 26 that Clemente Martinez of Greenfield will receive a stipulated two-year prison sentence for his latest convictions.

The current case is Martinez’s sixth DUI conviction since 2012.

On March 6, at 3:16 a.m., after equipping his vehicle with flashing red and blue lights built into the grill, Martinez attempted to perform a traffic stop on an off-duty Monterey County Sheriff’s sergeant.

According to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office, the sergeant initially yielded but became suspicious when Martinez did not exit his vehicle.

“When Martinez abandoned the traffic stop and attempted to drive away, the off-duty sergeant realized Martinez was not operating a legitimate law enforcement vehicle and began to follow him,” the DA’s Office said.

The sergeant followed Martinez until Greenfield police officers were contacted and pulled Martinez over. He was found to be under the influence of alcohol, with a BAC level of .10.

Ryan Cronk
Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.

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