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Docs: BPD sergeant charged with DUI had a blood alcohol level of .119 when he crashed motorcycle

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Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 21:00:36-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — UPDATE on 12/18/2019 at 5:45 p.m.

On Wednesday, court documents showed that Saso pleaded no contest to one of his DUI charges against him.

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According to court documents, a Bakersfield Police Department Sergeant had a blood alcohol concentration level of .119 when he crashed his motorcycle back in October.

Since the incident, Sergeant Jeff Saso has been charged with two misdemeanors including driving under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury.

On October 5 around 1 p.m., Saso was reportedly traveling 60 mph westbound, lost control, and struck a center median near the 3500 block of Rosedale Highway.

According to a witness's statement, when Saso crashed his motorcycle he and a female passenger on the bike were both ejected and landed on the ground. The witness said they stopped to help Saso and the passenger who were both unconscious for about three minutes. Another witness also said that when the female passenger woke up she had to be restrained from walking into traffic. Both Saso and the passenger were said to have had "blank stares on their faces," according to witness statements.

According to an officer's statement, Saso admitted he drank earlier that day and the officer said he observed Saso had red, watery eyes and had a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Saso reportedly sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. Officials also said the passenger riding with Saso sustained minor visible injuries and refused medical aid.