The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney:
A Mendocino County Superior Court jury returned to the courtroom after thirty minutes of deliberations to announce it had found the trial defendant guilty as charged.
Defendant Sydney Christine Shackman, age 54, of Ukiah was found guilty of misdemeanor driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, misdemeanor driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol .08 or greater, and failure to provide proof of motor vehicle insurance, an infraction.
When originally contacted by the CHP, the defendant admitted to being the driver of the motor vehicle that, she claimed, had slid off the roadway and down an embankment on South State Street near Norgard Lane. She blew a blood alcohol result of .11/.10 during that January 2021 under the influence driving investigation.
After the jury was excused, the defendant also plead guilty in a separate case to misdemeanor failing to appear in court after signing a promise to appear.
The law enforcement agencies that developed the evidence underlying Tuesday’s DUI convictions were the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Justice crime laboratory in Eureka.
The prosecutor who presented the People’s evidence to the jury was Deputy District Attorney Carlo Sosa.
Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Victoria Shanahan presided over the one-day trial that spanned two court days.