SOLEDAD — Soledad resident Enrique Lopez, 30, was sentenced to two years in state prison on Jan. 27 after pleading no contest to driving under the influence.

On March 19, 2018, at 12:29 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers observed Lopez traveling westbound in a dark-colored Volkswagen Jetta on East Alisal Street in Salinas, straddling the No. 1 and No. 2 lanes.

“Officers stopped the vehicle, contacted the driver, and immediately smelled the distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from within the vehicle,” according to the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in a news release.

Field sobriety tests were conducted, and Lopez was found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content level of .09, just over the legal limit of .08. A record check revealed that his driver’s license was suspended and he was required to have an ignition interlock devise installed in the vehicle.

Lopez also was on probation for DUI and has three prior DUI convictions within the past 10 years.

This case was prosecuted by the Monterey County DA’s Office specialized DUI Vertical Prosecution Unit.

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