Monday
June
29
2015
11:58 pm
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 
‘Burrito defense’ fails: Burlingame driver arrested for DUI after deputy’s car struck
July 10, 2014, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal

An intoxicated driver who reportedly blamed his rear-ending of a sheriff’s vehicle in San Mateo on looking down at a burrito was sentenced Wednesday to 32 months in prison.

Robert Vern Calkins, 53, of Burlingame, has credit of 256 days against the term and must serve 80 percent of the rest, leaving him about eight months left to finish in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

He was sentenced as a second-striker because he was convicted in a 1987 robbery using a firearm.

Calkins crashed into the car driven by a sheriff’s sergeant on North Amphlett Boulevard while reportedly traveling 75 mph to 80 mph Nov. 29, 2013. The sergeant was hospitalized with back pain and Calkins was also taken to a hospital after being unable to perform field sobriety tests.

Responding police officers reported seeing “numerous” empty beer cans in Calkins car and a “puddle of beer” on the driver’s side floorboard, according to prosecutors. At the hospital, an officer reported overhearing Calkins laughingly telling a CT technician that he was drunk and had been looking down at his burrito when he crashed.

In May, Calkins pleaded no contest to felony drunk driving causing injury and admitted causing great bodily injury and having a prior felony strike conviction. In return, he was promised no more than 32 months in prison.

He returns to court July 25 for a restitution hearing.

 

 

Tags: calkins, months,


Other stories from today:

Millbrae Lucky liquor license suspended for sales to minors
Police reports
War of words over Burlingame pool
 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
How often do you take public transit?

Every day
Every work day
A few times a week
Once a week
Once a month
Rarely

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Coast Guard helicopter makes hard landing on SFO tarmac
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter made a hard landing and tipped onto its side at San Francisco Internat..
Justices uphold Arizona's system for redistricting
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday upheld Arizona congressional districts drawn by an indepe..
Justices uphold use of drug implicated in botched executions
WASHINGTON — A deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injec..
Washington wildfire destroys homes, forces evacuations
SEATTLE — A wildfire fueled by high temperatures and strong winds roared into a central Washington..
French minister: No new target date for Iran nuclear talks
UNITED NATIONS — Negotiators trying to rein in Iran's nuclear program have decided not to set a ne..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2015 San Mateo Daily Journal
Redwood Shores news