San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti says he was on prescription medicine when he was involved in a three-vehicle rear end crash on Interstate 5 near Lathrop Road shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday that led him to being charged with driving under the influence.
The CHP reported that Patti’s vehicle rear-ended the car in front of him that sent it into the first vehicle in line. The CHP said Patti was driving a 2015 Chevy Tahoe that collided with a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme that struck a 2011 Toyota Prius.
During the course of the CHP investigation the traffic officer reported observing signs and symptoms of intoxification from Patti. It was determined Patti was under the influence and was subsequently booked into the San Joaquin County Jail for DUI. Patti was released from custody several hours later, according to the CHP.
Patti issued a statement 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 has been taking after having spine surgery.
“I provided a roadside alcohol test that showed I had zero alcohol in my system. I also want to make clear 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 ensure this never happens again. I would like to personally thank the representatives of the California Highway Patrol and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism.”
Patti was elected to the San Joaquin County District 3 Supervisorial seat in 2016 representing Lathrop, parts of Stockton and Manteca north of Yosemite Avenue.
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