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Sheriff's deputy pleads no contest to charges of driving after drinking

A sheriff’s deputy pleaded no contest today to driving with a blood-alcohol level of greater than 0.08 percent, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

James Lesperance, 45, entered his plea after being cited in the early morning of Sept. 6 after pulling into a gas station and mini-mart at 100 Barnett St. in Arroyo Grande, according to the Arroyo Grande Police Department.

A no-contest plea results in a conviction without an admission of guilt.

Lesperance faces a possible sentence of three yearss probation, two days in County Jail, a $1,800 fine and a program of classes on driving under the influence of alcohol, said Jerret Gran, the DA’s spokesman.

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