Petaluma police officer pleads to lesser DUI charge

A Petaluma police officer who was once honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his anti-DUI efforts pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced drunken driving charge stemming from an alcohol-involved scooter crash last year.

Officer Ryan McGreevy did not attend the hearing at the Sonoma County Courthouse, allowing his attorney, Mike Li, to enter the plea for him before Judge Pat Broderick.

In the plea deal, McGreevy agreed to plead no contest — tantamount to a guilty plea — to a single low-level DUI charge, a "wet reckless" misdemeanor. In exchange, a driving under the influence charge was dismissed.

Broderick sentenced McGreevy to two years probation during which he is not allowed to drive with any measurable alcohol in his system and is subject to random chemical testing. McGreevy was also ordered to pay an $850 fine and complete a "wet reckless education school."

Hospital records show McGreevy was legally drunk Oct. 5 when he crashed a friend's scooter at Rooster Run Golf Club during a department golf tournament to raise money for the department's hostage negotiation team.

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