4 times the legal limit, Redding man arrested for 4th DUI in 2 years

REDDING, Calif. — Authorities say a man who had already been arrested for DUI three times in the last 23 months was arrested once again after crashing over an embankment and into the fence of a children’s playground area at a Redding church Tuesday evening, Jan. 5.

The man who was arrested, 35-year-old, Michael Ramos, had a presumptive blood alcohol level that was more than four times the legal limit of .08% BAC at the time of Tuesday’s crash. Additionally, he was found to have been driving without a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device (IID), was already on probation for his earlier DUI arrests, and was driving on a suspended license.

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Redding police officers and other emergency personnel responded to the Little Country Church at 873 Canby Road around 9 p.m. after receiving reports of a solo-vehicle traffic accident, Redding Police Sergeant Paul Slagle later said of the investigation and arrest.

A witness told SHASCOM emergency dispatchers that a man had driven over an embankment within the church property grounds, where it then crashed into a chain link fence surrounding the children’s playground area, according to Slagle.

Michael Ramos was arrested for his fourth DUI in less than two years after he was determined to be nearly four times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle, said officials. RPD photos

When officers arrived they contacted Michael Ramos, 35, of Redding, standing near a silver Toyota SUV that had come to rest against the church’s playground area. Neither he nor anyone else was injured in the collision.

During their subsequent investigation, officers conducted a standardized field sobriety test at which time they determined that Ramos’ presumptive blood alcohol level “was nearly four times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle,” according to Slagle.

“Further investigation revealed that this is Ramos’ fourth DUI related arrest since February of 2019,” said the Sergeant.

Based on their investigation, officers arrested Ramos and he was booked into the Shasta County Jail in Redding on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, driving without an interlock device, driving on a suspended license and driving while on DUI probation.

Online jail records indicate he has since been released from custody.


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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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