Neil Nisperos and Josh Dulaney, Staff Writers
Created: 10/26/2010 06:14:13 PM PDT

CHINO – The city attorney of Chino and Rialto was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

California Highway Patrol officers from the Santa Fe Springs station arrested Jimmy Gutierrez at 1:52 a.m. on Fairway Avenue, just south of the 60 Freeway, in the City of Industry, officials said.

Gutierrez said he was driving on the 60 Freeway when officers stopped him and told him he was swerving. They asked him to take a sobriety test and Gutierrez said he elected to provide a blood sample at a hospital.

The test results are still pending.

Gutierrez said he was driving from dinner with friends, where he had consumed a few glasses of wine.

“Although I felt that I wasn’t personally affected by the dinner and the wine, the officer believed my driving might have been impaired,” he said. “Although the report from the blood test is not final, I do take full responsibility for my actions on that evening.”

Gutierrez was booked at the sheriff’s substation in the City of Industry at 3:30 a.m. Saturday, and was released from custody at 1 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol.

“I regret my actions,” Gutierrez said. “I blame no one but myself and I will accept the consequences given to me by the justice system. I would like it to serve as a reminder that as adults we must be mindful of our public activities that involve the consumption of wine or alcoholic beverages.”

After his arrest, Gutierrez said he contacted Chino Mayor Dennis Yates and Rialto Mayor Grace Vargas to inform them of the incident.

“My intent was to make a full disclosure and to eventually tell the public – that was my intent,” he said. “I immediately shared it with the mayors.”

Vargas, who was visiting family in Arizona early Tuesday, said she was shocked when she heard about the incident.

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