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Napa Woman With 5 Prior DUIs Arrested for Suspected DUI in Sonoma County

CHP takes Napa woman into custody in Petaluma Friday afternoon.

 

A 45-year-old Napa woman who police said has five prior DUI convictions was arrested Friday in Petaluma on suspicion of felony DUI.

Ixchel Susan Rollins was booked into Sonoma County Jail on the DUI and other charges after being taken into custody at a traffic stop on Highway 101 at about 2:15 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol spokesman Marcus Hawkins.

Hawkins said a CHP officer stopped Rollins while she was driving her BMW 540i on U.S. 101 in Petaluma for suspicion of driving under the influence.

 Once stopped, the officer administered field sobriety tests. The officer then  placed Rollins under arrest for a felony charge of DUI because she has five prior convictions for DUI in the last 10 years. 

In addition, Rollin was charged with a violation of her probation terms and driving on a suspended license, Hawkins said.and

Michelle McC February 16, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Why is she not locked up??? 5 DUI's, are we waiting till she kills an innocent person?? REDICULOUS
Keri Brenner (Editor) February 16, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Hi Michelle: Very good question. I agree, it's baffling. Anyone have an explanation?
Josh Garagos February 16, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I might have an explanation. This is her 5th dui and she's 45 years old. Its very possible that she may have received 2 or 3 of these DUI's back when she was in her late teens and twenty's. That would be 20 years or longer ago when DUI laws were a lot more lenient. Or its possible she received one when she was 25 and has continued to receive one every 5 years. Either way, there is no way that someone is going to be locked up for over 5 years or longer for a DUI, even if they have had multiple DUI's. If she hurt or killed someone than we have a different scenario. What's a fair punishment that doesn't violate are bill of rights for someone who receives a 5th DUI or more?
Larry Adams February 16, 2013 at 09:57 PM
@Josh Garangos... That's still not an excuse, and she should serve some time in jail... not just a couple of weekends, but six months to a year, minimum after the second DUI, with longer sentences for each successive DUI. http://www.ehow.com/list_6780281_penalties-dui-europe.html... "Every country determines their fines for DUI differently. Graduated fines are the most common type of fines and increase in amount in relation to the blood alcohol content. In Italy, for example, the fine can vary from $284.44 U.S. dollars to $1,137.75. IN SWEDEN, THE FINE IS DETERMINED BY THE OFFENDER'S INCOME LEVEL. plus loss of license for a year and a minimum of one month in jail... for the first offense. In Germany, a BAC over .11 means your license is automatically taken away, and you can get up to FIVE YEARS in jail. Italy will confiscate your car if your BAC is over .15, and you will not get it back after you get out of jail. California and the US in general are too lenient on drunk drivers. Lower the limit to .04 BAC, and enforce penalties, including jail terms and confiscating cars for repeat offenders..
C Bryce Wilson February 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Hi Josh: "she has five prior convictions for DUI in the last 10 years"... please note the quotation marks... that's not me guessing, that's what it said in the article.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau February 16, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Josh, it's a really good idea to read an article before commenting. I highly recommend it, it has worked well for me.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 16, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Where does she find Auto insurance and at what cost?
Josh Garagos February 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM
OOPs, Completely missed the part about 5 duis in 10 years
Tim Fertiny February 17, 2013 at 12:07 AM
Kid, I am guessing that she is uninsured...Anyone with 5 DUI's, I am sure would not think twice about driving without insurance
Larry Cereghino February 17, 2013 at 12:11 AM
As far As I see it .....One was enought -where she should have relized she had a problem....now 4 more DUI's......She still hasnt learned her Lesson....Id say put here in Jail...sober her up.....send her where she can get some good help....and never let her drive again...Thank God No one has been hurt or killed bye this woman.....Auto Insurance..... yeah who give her coverage..... just out for the $$$$$$
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 17, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Ya Tim I agree In most cases DMV would have suspended her Reg aswell.
Jeffrey Wright February 17, 2013 at 01:22 AM
For your 6th DUI you should do mandatory prison time ..... In a perfect world that is, but with the right legal counsel you can almost get away with anything ... Just ask O.J .
Tim Fertiny February 17, 2013 at 02:03 AM
In California, what do the Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Corrections have in common??? Wait for it, wait for it...Catch and release
Larry Adams February 17, 2013 at 02:36 AM
It should be mandatory County jail time for your SECOND DUI... say about six months, and for your THIRD DUI, it should be a couple of years in jail, plus revocation of your driver's license and a prohibition from owning any motorized vehicle; if they want to ride a bicycle, okay, AS LONG AS they don't get caught riding while under the influence. Don't laugh, I remember years ago, a habitual drunk was caught riding a bicycle down the main street of Novato, weaving all over the road. And if it gets to a fourth DUI, just lock 'em up and throw away the key until science can develop a medicine that will knock you out if you have a BAC of more than .01 percent. \
Larry Adams February 17, 2013 at 02:43 AM
She was driving a BMW 540i... Guess she figures she'll just pay any fines and keep on driving. Guess she has enough money to do what she wants, until she gets sent to jail. Last year, a guy in Marin County was caught DUI, bailed out of jail, went into San Francisco, caught AGAIN DUI, BAILED OUT AGAIN, and went back to Marin County... where he was caught AGAIN... three times in 24 hours. The third time, the judge denied bail and ordered him to jail... haven't heard what happened after that.
Jessica February 17, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Im sure with 5 duis she has done some jail time but jail may not be the solution. A mandatory rehab sentence (a year or so) might actually solve the problem. If that doesnt work then prison time... but prison is usually not the answer for alcoholics - they need help. I have seen rehab work for many.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 17, 2013 at 07:08 PM
We need to bring back the Stocks. A little public humiliation may do some good. You could even ad a box of rotten tomatoes to the mix. We could use the old Clock tower location, here in Napa. The sign around there neck should say. I drove drunk many times. I could have killed your kids. We should start this policy today,You know for the kids.
Belle (Orchid Lady) February 17, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I will guess her prior DUI's were misdemeanors. This time will be different for her I hope, she was arrested for a FELONY DUI. With her "track record" I don't think the judge will go easy on her, or reduce the sentence. IMHO
Loren Haas February 17, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Folks, we are talking about a serious alcoholic here. She is out of control The real problem is with those who enable her to continue drinking and driving. Who is providing her with a car? Who is making life comfortable enough that she can continue drinking?
Rachael Clark February 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM
God bless her and I am glad CHP got her off the road and maybe she will get some help. Alcoholism is very serious, progressive and fatal
Darren Smith April 17, 2013 at 02:39 PM
I know her. In fact she's my ex-girlfriend. She's not an evil person. She's an alcoholic. Specifically, she has always had issues processing pain, sadness, disappointment, dispair, and it causes her to drink whatever is around. I'm not defending her, but know that she has a very big problem and needs help. I'm hoping that this will lead to rehabilitation.. She's not a monster, she is a woman with deep emotional problems. She just lost her mother who was everything to her. She has a son, a sister, and a father who are desperately trying to keep her out of trouble.
Jeffrey Wright April 17, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Anyone with 5 DUI's deserves prison time !! And then hopefully she gets the help she needs ....

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