San Francisco, CA – Today, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins announced that her office secured a conviction of Briana Ross (36), after a trial by jury. Ms. Ross was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (VC 23152(a)) and driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher (VC 23152(b)). The court also found true allegations that Ms. Ross had been previously convicted of DUI and wet reckless driving. Ms. Ross was arrested by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) at approximately 2:20AM on April 13, 2020, on eastbound I-80 near the Fourth Street exit.
“Driving under the influence of alcohol or other substances is dangerous and puts countless lives at risk,” said District Attorney Brooke Jenkins. “The jury’s verdict sends a powerful message that this conduct is unacceptable and will not be condoned in our community.”
According to testimony and other evidence presented at trial, Ms. Ross was contacted by CHP officers while she was parked on the shoulder of I-80 at approximately 1:45AM with her hazard lights on. Ms. Ross’s blood alcohol concentration was .14%, almost twice the legal limit of .08%.
The case against Ms. Ross was successfully prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rachel Flaherman with support and assistance from Assistant District Attorneys Samantha Persaud and Mary Polk, paralegal Aareona Miles, District Attorney Inspectors Preston Lee, Scott Wong, and Teddy Martin, and intern Marisol Franco. This case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
“I would like to thank the jury for their careful examination of the facts of the case,” said Assistant District Attorney Rachel Flaherman. “The verdict shows that roadway safety matters to the people of San Francisco.”
Ms. Ross is currently out of custody pending sentencing. She faces up to one year in County Jail. Sentencing is scheduled for January 3, 2024.
Court Number: 02522069