San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors member Tom Patti was not under the influence when he was involved in a July 2018 low-speed crash on Interstate 5.
Patti — who represents Lathrop, parts of Stockton and Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue — was facing DUI charges stemming from her involvement in the accident without injury.
After a lengthy review by the State of California, it was confirmed that Patti had a medical emergency. It was determined that the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol was not warranted and no further action would be taken. No traces of alcohol or opioids were found in his blood.
“I am grateful for the help and quick action of our first responders and appreciate the work they do to keep our roads and communities safe every day,” Patti said Thursday. “I am very grateful that no one was injured and that this matter was resolved with full consideration of the circumstances.”
Patti, who is running for Congress next month to represent Manteca and Stockton, was driving a 2015 Chevy Tahoe that collided with a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme that hit a 2011 Toyota Prius according to CHP reports.
CHP reported that Patti’s vehicle rammed the car in front of him, which sent her into the first vehicle in line in an accident later in the afternoon on Interstate 5t near Lathrop Road .
During the CHP’s investigation, the traffic officer reported observing signs and symptoms of intoxication in Patti. Patti was determined to be under the influence and was later incarcerated in San Joaquin County Jail for DUI. Patti was released several hours late.
Patti released a statement at the time, taking responsibility for his actions, noting that he had no alcohol in his system and believed the incident was a reaction to some prescriptions he took after having had spinal surgery.
“I provided a roadside BAC test which showed I had no alcohol in my system. I also want to clarify that illegal drugs were not involved,” Patti wrote. “I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and constituents. I will do everything in my power to make sure this never happens again. I want to personally thank the representatives of the California Highway Patrol and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism.