MODESTO - A 12-hour class is holding up a plea deal in a misdemeanor drunk driving case involving Marvalene Hughes, who for 11 years was president of California State University, Stanislaus.
Defense attorney Jakrun Sodhi said Monday that Hughes would like to resolve the matter but must line up the appropriate class in New Orleans, where she is president of Dillard University.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff asked the Probation Department to look into the matter, to see if the authorities in Louisiana offer a similar diversion program. He said he will consider the case again next Monday.
Hughes, 70, was cited shortly after 8 p.m. on April 5, near Needham Street and McHenry Avenue in Modesto, according to court records. At 0.09 percent, her blood alcohol level was slightly above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Police were called because Hughes sideswiped a car in another lane, causing a noninjury accident.
Hughes left California in 2005 but still has a home in Modesto. She has signed a waiver so her attorney can resolve the case without her presence.