California Highway Patrol filed a criminal complaint this week against Joe Alberta, tribal community representative for the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, for driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury to another.
The official complaint was made following an investigation by CHP of the two vehicle traffic collision Alberta was involved in about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 28 on Picayune Road (417) east of Big Sandy Drive.
As of Tuesday, 37-year-old Alberta of Coarsegold, a candidate for District 5 county supervisor last year, remained in a coma in critical but stable condition at Fresno's Community Regional Medical Center.
CHP's criminal complaints came after a search warrant was served Sept. 8 by CHP officers Scott Gentry and
Doug Corbett to obtain any and all medical records from the hospital relating to Alberta.
"Based on the investigation of the traffic collision, there was sufficient evidence to believe Alberta was driving under the influence of alcohol," said CHP sergeant Edward Greene. "As a result of the clinical blood alcohol level from the hospital, the California Highway Patrol is filing a criminal complaint of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing
injury to another , and a second charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing injury to another, with a blood alcohol content level greater than .08% Per Se."
"There have been numerous rumors relating to this traffic collision," Greene said. "The fundamental fact is the Highway Patrol has spent numerous hours investigating this collision."
CHP officer Brent Reed investigated the accident and a more detailed report of the collision was released earlier this week by Greene, along with a statement that criminal complaints will be filed.
The report states that Alberta was driving alone headed westbound in a silver 2004 Honda Accord four-door sedan at high rate of speed rounding a large sweeping curve on Picayune Road (417) when he lost control of his car, crossed the center double lines and struck a two-door, green Ford Mustang that was heading eastbound, driven by Brandon Jeroue, 23,
of Fresno, and his passenger Michele Jackson, 21, of Coarsegold.