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Woman arrested after DUI crash on Middlefield

Incident is third local DUI-related crash to occur in last six days

A woman who allegedly drove drunk during rush hour smashed her car into a parked vehicle on Middlefield Road, causing major damage to both vehicles on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident in the 900 block of Middlefield Road between Channing and Addison avenues is the third local DUI-related crash to occur in the last six days.

Violaine Delelienne, 53, of Menlo Park was driving her Saab convertible northbound on Middlefield when the collision occurred at 5:02 p.m., Palo Alto police spokesman Brian Phillip said.

Delelienne crashed into a parked Toyota but was not injured. She failed a field sobriety test and was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County jail, he said.

Two other incidents involved serious wreckage but minor injuries.

Michael Krasihan, 55, of Menlo Park was extricated from his Dodge Avenger on Sunday (May 1). The car flipped onto its driver side in the collision.

Krasihan was taken to Stanford Hospital with minor injuries after the early-morning crash at Oregon Expressway and Waverley Street, Palo Alto police said. He was later arrested for drunken driving.

In the third incident, an alleged drunk driver traveling south on Middlefield near Survey Lane in Menlo Park collided with a northbound Sequoia Union High School District bus carrying 32 students. That incident occurred April 28 at 7:30 a.m., authorities said.

The children were not injured but the bus driver complained of neck and wrist pain, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said.

Police arrested Alberto Cuellar, 20, of Fremont on the scene and booked him into San Mateo County jail on charges of misdemeanor drunken driving, the CHP said.

Normally a drunken-driving incident that results in injuries leads to a felony charge, but a complaint of pain does not meet the injury standard, the CHP said. If injuries do turn up, a misdemeanor charge could be elevated to a felony.

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Posted by what to do?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Three DUI crashes in less than a week? We are lucky that no innocent people were killed. How do we stop these idiots from terrorizing our public streets?

Does anyone have information about where these drivers got their booze?


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Posted by Teetotaler
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm

The way to keep our streets safe is to set up police checkpoints along the northern border of town. That way we can keep out these drunks from Menlo Park.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Good luck w/that Teetotaler - you got plenty of your own.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Everyone suggests harsher penalties. How about after a DUI conviction, any license re-issue is restricted for 3 years to motorcycles or nothing heavier than a Smart Car. Sort of limits future damage. The draconian "no license ever again" just makes offenders continue driving without a license.

Buckle up and drive defensively. I suspect there are more "distracted drivers" out there than inebriated ones.


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Posted by Drunks_suck
a resident of Woodside
on May 4, 2011 at 6:06 pm

And don't forget last Sunday @ 9:40 *AM* Leticia Martinez, running over and killing a 79-year-old woman gardening in her front yard in San Jose; charged with drunken driving and driving while unlicensed.



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Posted by rick drunks
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 4, 2011 at 10:11 pm



What's with these Menlo Park drunks???????????


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Posted by alker
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm

The penalties are already draconian. Maybe a little enforcement would help, not just setting up check point towards the end of the year in order to make quotas and rake in more money, but have check points and other actions throughout the year to catch the drunk drivers such as those mentioned in the article.


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Posted by Jaybird
a resident of Midtown
on May 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm

"Normally a drunken-driving incident that results in injuries leads to a felony charge, but a complaint of pain does not meet the injury standard, the CHP said."

Wow. Way to go, decency.


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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 4, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Penalties are already way too stiff, this DUI is gonna ruin her life for the next 10 years. Sad too think drug addicts get away with this stuff all the time with a misdemeanor and a fine


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Posted by Ace
a resident of Community Center
on May 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

Yes, TEETOTALER, the best way to keep our streets safe is to build an 18 foot wall around the perimeter of the town to keep all the thugs from atherton and los altos out. We can also have our food airlifted to us while we fly around in our jetpacks.


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Posted by Sally
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

Those crashes get expensive for the owners of the parked cars.

We live on Middlefield and it's happened to us TWICE, with one car totalled by a teenaged girl at 10:30 AM when the road was totally empty.


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Posted by BaaBaaRaa
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 5, 2011 at 11:26 am

HAHA! Good one, ACE.... that was a pretty weird statement by TEETOTALER. Well.. I like a report drunk drivers hotline. And then penalize them further by making them stand in line at the DMV and take some kind of class or test on a regular basis on top of fines and jail. I guess she won't be driving around in her convertible anymore for awhile. She's just very lucky she didn't kill or injure anyone. Now that REALLY would've ruined her life.


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Posted by CeeCee
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Thanks, Ace! Block off the Dumbarton Bridge to keep t'ter happy too!

Please, Palo Alto, build yourselves a nice big Safeway so you're not invading our town to buy your groceries when you get tired of Whole Food or Andronico. Glad you finally put in your own Trader Joe's. Do a Costco as well.

As far as Drunk Drivers? How about mug shots on the front page of the paper? Maybe passport photo size? Thumbnails are too small, wallets are too big.


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Posted by RT
a resident of Barron Park
on May 6, 2011 at 9:12 am

I have a very Libertarian view of drugs - yes, alcohol is a drug.
Whatever you do in your own home is your business, but when you endanger the lives and property of others, you should be put behind bars for months. Our DUI laws are NOT draconian enough. I do not understand our society's tolerance for such dangerous behavior.


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Posted by what to do?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 6, 2011 at 10:31 am

BaaBaaRaa - there is a "report drunk drivers hotline". Call 911. The cops take reports about drunk drivers very seriously. The cops can't patrol all roads all the time, but when they do respond to 911 drunk driver reports when they can.


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Posted by jane doe
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm

CeeCee, we have a Safeway in Palo Alto and its much nicer than the Menlo Park one...fyi


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Posted by Denese
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 9, 2011 at 9:23 am

Snipping at each other won't solve the problem. We need some serious discussion of how to protect our community from drunk drivers and more.

What if it were your child driving drunk or your child hit and killed by a drunk driver?

No one wants thats so we need to work together.


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