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Attorney general takes over Bolts case

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Undersheriff Steve Bolts’ court date was postponed after a request from the California Attorney General.

Bolts, who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Atascadero on June 5, was scheduled to be arraigned on June 30 for two misdemeanor charges of DUI and driving while having a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. The attorney general’s office—not the county district attorney—will prosecute the case, according to spokeswoman Kate Gibbs.

A district attorney’s spokesman told New Times the attorney general must ensure who prosecutes the case has no conflict of interest due to Bolts’ public position. According to Gibbs, the District Attorney’s Office requested the attorney general prosecute the case, and the delay is intended to allow more time for review.

As of press time, Bolts remained out of the Sheriff’s Department office on a pre-scheduled vacation. The department is waiting for the results of the criminal case before possibly pursuing its own investigation, said spokesman Rob Bryn.

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