A Napa Police sergeant has been ordered to spend 10 days in jail in connection with a drunken-driving incident reported last summer, according to court records.
Ryan Cole, 42, on Thursday entered a no-contest plea for a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and admitted a special allegation for having more than 0.15 percent blood alcohol content in his system, according to court records. A no-contest plea carries the same weight as a guilty plea at sentencing.
Court Commissioner Victoria Wood ordered Cole, a Napa resident, to spend 10 days in jail, pay a $2,174 fine and perform 40 hours of community service or county work program duty, according to court records.
Wood ordered Cole to report to the Napa County jail on April 6. As part of the plea agreement, Wood placed Cole on probation for five years.
Napa Police Capt. Jeff Troendly said Cole, who remains on the force, has been on medical leave since last fall. An internal affairs investigation is underway.
The court action stems from a crash reported last August in downtown Napa. At about 2:45 a.m. on Aug. 24, Cole was driving his pickup truck when he allegedly sideswiped a parked vehicle in the 2200 block of Second Street and then drove to a city-owned parking lot near Second and Seminary streets, according to court records.
A resident heard the collision and called 911, Troendly said in December. A Napa County sheriff’s deputy in the area contacted Cole in the parking lot, according to Troendly.
Cole’s blood alcohol content level was 0.17 percent — more than twice the legal limit, according to court records.
In exchange for his plea, the Napa County District Attorney’s Office dismissed two misdemeanors: driving while having a .08 percent or higher blood alcohol content with special allegation, and hit-and-run, according to court records.
Mervin Lernhart Jr., Cole’s attorney, could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.