Today’s Date: April 10, 2018
Submitted By: John P. Miller, Chief of Police Phone: (530) 795-2261
Title: Driver in Major Injury DUI Crash Sentenced
On April 5, 2018, Nicholas Kershner was sentenced in Yolo County Superior Court for felony Driving Under the Influence. Kershner was the driver of a Ford F150 involved in a solo vehicle major injury collision on Railroad Ave. south of Grant Ave. on April 29, 2017. Witnesses reported Kershner was driving southbound on Railroad Ave. at speeds exceeding 70 MPH, ran a red light at the intersection of Grant Ave., and sideswiped a light standard, which sheared off the passenger side of the F150. The passenger in the vehicle, Brooke McNeil, suffered major injuries requiring a lengthy stay in hospital and subsequent recovery and rehabilitation. Kershner was arrested on the scene for felony DUI and a blood test taken nearly 3 hours after the collision showed his blood alcohol content (BAC) was .18, still over double the legal limit.
According to Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Frits Van der Hoek, Kershner pled guilty to felony DUI with enhancements for having a BAC over .15, reckless driving, and inflicting great bodily injury. Kershner was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 7 years 4 months in state prison and placed on 5 years’ probation. As terms of his probation, Kershner will serve 180 days in Yolo County Jail and compensate the City of Winters $4,954.92 to recover costs associated to the City’s Police and Fire Department’s emergency response to the incident.