Prisons Official To Plead Guilty To DUI

Undersecretary Scott Kernan Says He Was Suspended 6 Weeks Without Pay

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A high-ranking state prisons official will plead guilty to driving under the influence.

 California Department of Corrections Undersecretary Scott Kernan issued a statement Friday expressing regret for the June 7 incident. He was driving a state vehicle when he was pulled over and taken into custody by the California Highway Patrol along Jackson Highway, just east of Indio Drive.

Kernan said he was suspended without pay for six weeks starting immediately after his arrest.

 “I am fully aware that my conduct was unbecoming of a peace officer, and reflects poorly on my record of service to the state and to the Governor,” his statement said. “I will be entering a guilty plea to the court in a July hearing, and have had my license suspended consistent with Department of Motor Vehicles rules.”

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Kernan faces two misdemeanor counts — one of driving under the influence of alcohol and one of driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

Kernan began his career with the department in 1983 as a correctional officer and was appointed as undersecretary in November 2008, the department said. He was also a warden at Folsom State Prison.


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