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Former mayoral candidate arrested following DUI collision 

Jeffrey Rougeot

Jeffrey Rougeot, 47, of Paso Robles

Former Paso Robles mayoral candidate Jeffrey Rougeot, 47, was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving in a Highway 41 collision near Hanford on Saturday, the California Highway Patrol reports.

Rougeot lost a write-in campaign for mayor of Paso Robles against Duane Picanco in 2012. That year Rougeot was arrested on election day, Nov. 6, for suspicion of driving under the influence, being under the influence of alcohol or drugs, making criminal threats and brandishing a firearm.

This Saturday Rougeot was headed north on Highway 41 just before midnight when he allegedly made a U-turn into the path of Natalia Castellano, 36, who was headed south, the Fresno Bee reports. She was unable to avoid a crash, the report says.

Both drivers were transported to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno with major injuries, the report says. Castellano was in critical condition and Rougeot was in serious condition, hospital spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said Monday night, the Fresno Bee reports.

Castellano’s two passengers, a 1-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl, were in car seats and suffered minor injuries, the CHP reports.


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