Kalra Pleads Guilty to DUI, Avoids Jail

Councilmember Ash Kalra wont serve any jail time after pleading guilty today to misdemeanor DUI, but he will take part in a jail work-detail program for five days, pay $2,000 in fines, receive alcohol counseling for 90 days and be put on probation for three years.

Kalra was reportedly stopped in his gold Prius at 1:20am on May 7 after drinking beers with friends while watching a San Jose Sharks playoff game. A California Highway Patrol officer stopped Kalra’s car near in the intersection of Market and East San Fernando because of a broken brake light. A breathalyzer showed Kalra had a blood alcohol level of .12, which is above the state’s legal limit of .08.

Before police disclosed the arrest, Kalra held a press conference a day later at his home and acknowledged he made a “terrible mistake.”

Josh Koehn is a former managing editor for San Jose Inside and Metro Silicon Valley.


  1. Enjoy picking up trash, thats work work than most of your fellow council members do EXCEPT for laying off 66 police officers and forcing many others to seek safe employment.

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