A 27-year-old Tustin woman was charged Tuesday in connection with an alleged alcohol and drug-fueled collision with a police car that critically injured an officer.
Ashley Victoria Bertolino was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing bodily injury, a count of driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury, and a count of driving with a blood- alcohol level of .08 percent or more causing bodily injury, all felonies. She also faces sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury.
Three officers from the Orange Police Department responded to a call for service in a residential neighborhood at about 3 a.m. Saturday when Bertolino struck one of the officers and crashed into his patrol car, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Bertolino was accused of driving 40 mph in a 25 mph zone before the collision. Her blood-alcohol level was .13 percent, over the legal limit of .08, according to prosecutors.
The officer remains hospitalized with significant injuries, prosecutors said.
Bertolino, who could face up to six years in prison if convicted at trial, was scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 6.
–Staff and Wire Reports
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