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L.A. city administrator gets 3 years' probation on drunk-driving charge

May 25, 2010 |  4:35 pm

Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana on Tuesday pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay $1,737 in fines and penalties.

Santana, 40, was arrested March 26 in Covina as he was driving a city-owned car home from a charity roast honoring Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley. He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.15%, according to Cooley's office.

Santana, who lives in Claremont, appeared before Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Harold Mulville in West Covina. The commissioner ordered Santana to attend a drinking-and-driving awareness program and a program to see victims of alcohol-related crashes in hospitals and the morgue. Santana will also have his driver’s license suspended for six months.

Under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement with the prosecutor, a separate misdemeanor count of driving while having a .08% or higher blood alcohol was dismissed, according to D.A. spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales.

In the days after the arrest, Santana turned in his city car and took a leave from his job to enter an alcohol treatment center. He returned to work April 15.

-- Phil Willon at Los Angeles City Hall