Repeat DUI offender sent to prison for getting drunk at home

Carla Elaine Bartholomew had three convictions for driving under the influence, so a judge in July ordered her not to drink alcohol during her probation. Four months later, authorities found the 62-year-old woman drunk in her home.

Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff last week sentenced Bartholomew to three years in prison for violating her probation. She remained in custody this week at the county jail, waiting to be transported to a state prison.

The defendant was involved in a crash about 1 p.m. on March 11 at Scenic Drive and Bodem Street in central Modesto. Two people were injured, and Modesto police investigators said evidence showed Bartholomew caused the crash.

Bartholomew’s blood alcohol content was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit, according to Deputy District Attorney Anthony Colacito, who prosecuted the case. His job is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety to prosecute DUI cases.

The defendant was charged with felony DUI causing injury. On July 17, Bartholomew pleaded no contest to the felony charge and admitted she had two previous DUI convictions. Zeff ordered the defendant to serve five years of felony probation. The terms of her probation included an order to abstain from drinking alcohol.

The judge also sentenced Bartholomew to a year in the county jail. Colacito said the defendant had served 185 days of her jail sentence, which included a credit of 92 days for good behavior while in custody.

The prosecutor said Bartholomew was serving her sentence in a home-detention program when probation officials searched her home Nov. 25 and found her drunk. On Dec. 8, Bartholomew admitted that she violated her parole. Zeff terminated the defendant’s probation and imposed the three-year prison sentence.