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Deputy DA arrested on suspicion of DUI

By July 28, 2011

An El Dorado County deputy district attorney was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving while under the influence.

Deputy district attorney Gloria Mas, 47, of El Dorado Hills, was booked into the Placerville jail at 2:40 p.m. for an alleged DUI, jail records indicate.

Placerville area California Highway Patrol officer Dan Stark said the CHP was contacted by an employee of the District Attorney’s Office Monday afternoon who expressed concern that Mas had been allegedly driving under the influence.

An officer was dispatched to the Main Street office in Placerville and found sufficient evidence to arrest Mas on suspicion of DUI, Stark said.

Shortly before 5 p.m. that same day she was released on $2,500 bail.

Stark told the Mountain Democrat that because Mas was not caught behind the wheel by an officer the investigation into the suspected DUI is ongoing.

When asked for comment, District Attorney Vern Pierson stressed the importance of accountability.

“It’s a very difficult situation,” he said. “But everyone is accountable for their conduct regardless of who they are or where they work.”

Mas’ casework previously made Mother Lode News news during the trial of Melissa Nichols, the 26-year-old Placerville woman who was accused of killing her 23-year-old ex-boyfriend, Anthony Payne, in 2008.

Mas did not immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday morning.

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Jim Ratajczak

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