Board of Supervisors candidate arrested for DUI; crashes new Cadillac

Steven Booker

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Daily Post Staff Writer

A candidate for the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, police said yesterday.

Steven Booker, 53, of Half Moon Bay, was arrested by Belmont Police around 2 a.m. on Saturday (May 28), police said.

The Post tried to reach Booker to get his side of the story but didn’t hear back.

He was arrested after Belmont police were called to the corner of El Camino Real and Harbor Boulevard around 1:35 a.m. Saturday in response to a call about a crash, according to police Lt. Pete Lotti.

A 2022 Cadillac CT5 was the only car involved in the crash, according to police logs. Neither Booker nor his passenger were hurt.

Police arrested Booker. He was taken to a “sobering facility,” a dry-out place for first-time alcohol offenders, where he was cited and released.

Lotti referred additional questions to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. However, Wagstaffe’s office had not gotten the case yesterday, so Wagstaffe was unable to answer the Post’s questions, such as what Booker’s blood alcohol level was and what he had crashed into.

Belmont police arrested Booker on suspicion of two misdemeanors related to DUI.

Booker is running in the June 7 primary in a four- way race to replace San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley.

The other candidates are San Carlos Mayor Laura Parmer-Lohan, Menlo Park Councilman Ray Mueller and Virginia Chang Kiraly, a county harbor commissioner and Menlo Park Fire Board member.

The top two vote-getters in the primary will go on to the November election.

The supervisor district spans from Pacifica to Menlo Park. It also includes San Carlos, Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, Half Moon Bay and parts of Menlo Park and Belmont.

Booker grew up in Daly City and attended what’s now known as Archbishop Riordan in San Francisco.

He’s the political director for the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers 617, a position he’s held since 2014.


  1. I got a kick out of the use of the term “sobering facility” as a euphemism for “drunk tank”. Isn’t anyone capable of speaking directly any more?

  2. The “drunk tank” is a room in every large jailhouse where drunks are locked up overnight. They take away their belts and shoelaces. They’re not given orange jumpers because they’ll only be there overnight. In the room, there might be a few cots or benches, but it’s so crowded people just sleep on the concrete floor. They’re all released the next morning with a notice to appear. (BTW, you should hear how loud the snoring is when all of those drunks fall asleep at about the same time!)

    A “sobering station” is typically a house in a residential area. The drunk comes in and is led to a couch or padded chair, talks to some sort of counselor about not drinking. The place is set up like a house, not a jail. Then the arrestee is either taken to a room to sleep it off or given a ride home. The idea is to help the drunk realize it’s time to give up drinking. I don’t know if it works, nor am I defending the concept.

  3. Wait a minute, was he behind the wheel or out of his car? If he was not driving, how could this be a DUI ? If the car was smashed, but he was not behind the wheel, he can’t be charged , this is not clear, and the damage was done already to his campaign. The story has more mystery and Waigstaff’s office should clear it up.

  4. What makes you think he wasn’t driving? Do police charge people with DUI if they happen to be drunk near a car? If he wasn’t driving, why didn’t he raise a stink about that during the campaign? He was arrested on May 38, ten days before the election?

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