Undersheriff Steve Bolts pleads not guilty in drunken driving case

Steve Bolts
Steve Bolts

Undersheriff Steve Bolts pleaded not guilty today to charges of driving drunk on June 5 in Atascadero.

Bolts' attorney, Chris Casciola, said that a blood test showed he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.09 percent. A preliminary breath screening taken by police after the traffic stop showed a blood-alcohol content of 0.086 percent. The legal limit for driving in California is 0.08 percent.

Casciola said he will re-test the blood and formally requested audio and video recordings from the police department for review.

Bolts holds the second-highest ranked position in the Sheriff's Department. He did not appear in court today, but his presence wasn't required because it's a misdemeanor case.

Bolts' case will be heard in Judge Barry LaBarbera's court in a scheduled pre-trial hearing Aug. 23.