Maricopa man sentenced to more than seven years in cases relating to impaired driving

(FLORENCE, AZ) - A Maricopa man has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for multiple cases involving impaired driving.

On January 23, 2023, Pinal County Superior Court Judge Steven Fuller sentenced Augustine Alvarez, 35, to 7.5 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections followed by 18 months supervised probation.

Alvarez pled guilty to Aggravated Driving or Actual Physical Control while Under the Influence of Intoxicating Liquor or Drugs, a Class 4 Felony with One Prior Felony Conviction.

This sentence is the result of multiple cases. In one instance in February 2021, an off-duty trooper called the Maricopa Police Department to report a vehicle swerving and unable to stay in the lane. Once an officer was able to get the vehicle to stop, Alvarez was identified as the driver. A blood draw analysis revealed Alvarez had a BAC of .223, or nearly three times the legal limit.

A separate incident occurred in Maricopa in December 2021, where, according to court documents, Alvarez was found passed out after he backed into a parked vehicle. Blood results showed Alvarez had a BAC of roughly .34, or more than four times the legal limit.