Yakima County Joe Brusic has reached a charging decision in the DUI accident case involving Yakima City Councilwoman Carmen Mendez.

Brusic’s press release says “After a full and competent review of the evidence provided to date involving the allegation of Driving Under the Influence by Carmen Mendez, our office is hereby filing a one count complaint charging Ms. Mendez with Driving Under the Influence in violation of RCW 46.61.502(5) and 46.501.5055. “

Brusic says based on information from investigators he believes the gross misdemeanor charge is appropriate.

As per procedures Ms. Mendez will be summoned to Yakima County District Court for arraignment within the next several weeks.

The maximum punishment for this gross misdemeanor is 364 days imprisonment and or a $5,000.00 fine.

Prosecutor Brusic will join the Morning News tomorrow at 7:45, please join us!