Let’s Make a Deal.
by Letters to the Editor, November 4, 2009
To the editor:
My name is Kyle Byrne, 24, of Ukiah. I was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on Friday, September 11 at 2:28am on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit and run with injury, driving without a license, reckless driving, child endangerment and consuming alcohol which is my parole violation. All of these charges were based on the piss test saying my blood-alcohol level was 0.080 in the first test and 0.083 on the second test. However, when they did an actual blood test, that showed my blood alcohol level to be 0.070 which basically brought all my felony charges down to misdemeanors.
Then all of a sudden a month and nine days later, five days after my blood tests came back below the legal limit, the District Attorney decided to change my charges to fleeing the scene of an accident and offering 16 months in prison.
Meanwhile I'm wondering just how corrupt this count’s law enforcement is being that when I was arrested the officer who handcuffed me was the one formerly charged with a hit and run in Santa Rosa which is a felony and to the best of my knowledge is still on leave and the District Attorney changed my charge after more than a month of incarceration to a charge for which I was never arraigned.
Meanwhile I am told to take the deal because this is common practice in Mendocino County.