An attorney representing a Santa Maria California Highway Patrol officer charged in an off-duty wreck that reportedly occurred while he was under the influence, said Thursday that the case is expected to settle next month.
Michael Shane Mallory, 37, of Arroyo Grande, has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge. Mallory, who was booked into jail and then released on a promise to appear, has been reassigned from public affairs duties at the Santa Maria CHP office.
San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy set Mallory’s next pre-trial hearing for Nov. 20. He was not present in court Thursday.
Mallory’s attorney, William Aron, said his client is “doing well” as the case moves through the court system.
“The good news is there is light at the end of the tunnel and hopefully this will be resolved,” said Aron outside the courtroom. “If not, we will set it for trial.”
Prosecutor Ki Blair said she is continuing to review the case with staff.
Several weeks ago, Aron said that blood tests were negative and revealed no alcohol or narcotics in Mallory’s system at the time of the crash. Aron also
speculated that the only reason a charge was filed was because there was an accident involving two parked and unoccupied cars.
Initially, officers and others speculated prescription drugs or some other health-related condition may have contributed to the crash. It remains unclear whether Mallory was given a breathalyzer test at the scene.
The crash occurred in early August as Mallory was leaving or near his Arroyo Grande home on his way to work about
6:30 a.m., Arroyo Grande police said.
For unknown reasons, Mallory slammed his Ford Explorer into two parked cars along the 100 block of Fair View Drive, police said. Mallory was not hurt and nobody was in the two parked cars.
Police officers described Mallory as impaired and decided to give him a series of sobriety examinations. Alcohol was ruled out, but because drugs appeared likely, officers arrested Mallory at the scene. Mallory was booked into county jail but released several hours later.