Portola Valley woman has court date for felony DUI

Husband was injured in Sept. 17 crash into oak tree on Westridge Drive

Katherine Mumford of Portola Valley is set to appear in court on Oct. 21 on charges of felony drunk driving, misdemeanor obstructing an officer and misdemeanor providing false information to a police officer, according to San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The charges stem from a single-car accident on Sept. 17, when Mumford was allegedly driving a car that left the road on Westridge Drive near Paloma Road at about 10 p.m., Wagstaffe said.

The car hit and uprooted an oak tree, spun around and landed on its side, with the passenger side down, according to the Woodside Fire Protection District.

Katherine Mumford's husband, John Mumford, who was a passenger, suffered major facial injuries in the incident and was transported to Stanford Hospital, according to the district.


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
17 hours ago

Just three days earlier September 14, 2019 Redwood City Police Officers arrested San Mateo County Sheriff Sergeant Lou Aquino for DUI. He was released from Jail on his personal promise to appear October 23, 2019 according to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. To this date there are NO charges and Sheriff Carlos G. Bolanos has refused to release the Booking photo.

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Posted by Overreaction
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
10 hours ago

Wow, this woman did something we’ve all done, crashed with no/minor injuries and no property damage, and now the sheriffs are going full steam ahead in pressing a litany of charges. Meanwhile their deputy who got arrested is out Scott free. I think as a town we need to rally with Ms Mumford as her bad decision as a CITIZEN is nowhere near as egregious as an officer committing the same crime, and getting away with it. It’s not fair that sheriffs are targeting law abiding citizens who make mistakes while allowing thugs and criminals to run around in the streets.

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Posted by Not an Overreaction
a resident of another community
10 hours ago

"It’s not fair that sheriffs are targeting law abiding citizens who make mistakes..."

Driving under the influence is a "mistake"?

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Posted by Neither okay
a resident of Atherton: other
8 hours ago

What Ms. Mumford did is NOT OKAY. Drunk drivers kill people, even if this time it didn't happen.

What Stogner is describing – cops covering up one of their own for the same offense – is even more strongly NOT OKAY. We've got two offenses there, drunk driving, and coverup.

Bolanos/Wagstaffe covering up for Lou Aquino does NOT EXCUSE Ms. Mumford.

There is also NO EXCUSE for Bolanos/Wagstaffe/Aquino.

Almanac should report on this.

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