Alpine Cemetery still financially unsatisfied after property damage in August
By Lori Bledsoe
The Alpine Sun
In August of this year, there was an incident that is raising eyebrows involving the the Alpine Cemetery. Prosecuter Rebecca Ocain was arrested for drunk driving after she collided into the wall of the Alpine Cemetery wall directly across from Victoria Park Terrace.
According to reports in the San Diego Union Tribune, this is her second arrest in less than two years, but has escaped jail time for her convictions. She is however, ordered into a pair of special monitoring programs. She pleaded guilty to misdemeanor drunk driving and hit-and-run charges and it was reported that her blood-alcohol level was .30 when she was tested over an hour after driving.
Questions that have been bandied about regarding this incident is “Why has she escaped a harsher punishment?” Why has she not been held to the same standards as any other person who would be in this situation?” The reports indicate that her judgment was made due to a decision based on the review of 30 similar cases in recent years.
In the state of California though, a second DUI conviction will get you jail time for no less than 90 days and no more than 1 year. This information was posted on the dui.driving laws.org website for California. The fine will be no less than $390 and no more than $1,000 (plus penalties). Your driver’s license will be suspended for 1 year. Your driver’s license will not be reinstated until proof of financial responsibility and proof that you have completed a “driving under the influence” program approved by the state. Depending on the terms of the license suspension, the DUI offender may be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device at their own expense.
If showing proof of financial responsibility is indeed part of the deal, then who is responsible for paying for the damage at the cemetery? The Alpine Cemetery wall is still damaged and no one has come forward to repair the damages that are amounting to over $2,000. Currently Bob Duck, the sexton of the cemetery is now receiving bids to repair the wall. This isn’t just damaged fencing, there is masonry work involved which means two different companies, will be involved in the repairs.
Duck received information from the California Highway Patrol regarding Ocain as the responsible party, and on the CHP provided factsheet, he found the name of her insurance.
Unfortunately, Duck is not receiving any help from this company. The insurance company has not sent an adjuster to record the damages, and this particular company has many negative comments, online, regarding their customer service record.