The Associated Press

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) -- Sonoma County's agricultural commissioner is facing drunken driving charges in connection with her arrest near Graton earlier this month.

Prosecutors charged 53-year-old Cathy Neville on Monday with two counts of misdemeanor drunken driving. They declined the California Highway Patrol's request for an additional charge of resisting arrest.

Authorities say Neville's blood alcohol level was .11 percent, above the state's .08 limit, when she was pulled over on Sept. 10 on Highway 116.

The CHP says an officer was giving Neville a sobriety test when she began walking away saying she had to use the restroom.

The CHP says the officer then took Neville to the ground.

Neville's attorney, Richard Ingram, told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa he could not comment on the drunken driving charges.


Information from: The Press Democrat,

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