Sentencing for Torrey Highlands drunken driver
by Neal Putnam
Published - 02/14/13 - 10:58 AM | 2664 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A drunken driver who drove the wrong way on a freeway in Torrey Highlands and put another driver in a wheelchair was sentenced Jan. 30 to one year in custody, to be served in a work furlough center.

The job Jennifer K. Sase, 38, has qualifies her to be able to go to work in the daytime, but she will be locked up at nights and on weekends. San Diego Superior Court Judge Tim Walsh ordered her to report to the facility on Feb. 7.

Sase, of Santee, pleaded guilty Dec. 19 to drunken driving with great bodily injury to Sayeh Solati, 61, who now has to use a wheelchair because of damage to her knee. Solati suffered several fractures, including to her neck, foot and knee, according to court records.

Sase drove the wrong way on state Route 56 on April 18 at 11:25 p.m. and hit a car driven by Solati, which overturned near the exit to Camino del Sur. Sase’s blood alcohol level was 0.18 — twice the legal limit for drunken driving. Sase was given five years probation, with credit for eight days spent in jail before she posted $25,000 bond. Restitution to the victim will be determined later, Walsh said.

A California Highway Patrol officer smelled alcohol on her breath and she admitted to drinking before she drove her 2004 Infiniti. A CHP officer wrote in court records that Sase didn’t know she was driving the wrong way on a freeway due to her intoxication.

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