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Pinal County Assessor Arrested for Extreme DUI, Assault

A Pinal County assessor is out of jail, but still on the hook, after being arrested on extreme DUI and aggravated assault charges on Thursday, reports azfamily.com.

Jacqueline Minto, Pinal County's Chief Deputy Assessor, allegedly rear-ended a vehicle after blowing through a red light Thursday evening, which sent the other driver to the hospital with serious injuries. Minto was subsequently booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center on charges of driving while impaired by alcohol, driving with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) over .08, extreme DUI and aggravated assault.

Since the assault charge is a felony, the Pinal County assessor was originally held without bond, but she was later released on Sunday after a judge set bail at her court appearance on Friday.

Minto reportedly tested with a blood-alcohol concentration level of .173 percent, more than twice the legal limit. Under Arizona's strict DUI laws, driving under the influence with a BAC over 0.15 percent is an "extreme DUI," which is punishable by a mandatory minimum of thirty days in jail, a couple thousand dollars worth of fines and assessments, and the installation of an ignition interlock device into the driver's vehicle.

The reports of Minto's arrest bring more bad publicity for the Pinal County Assessor's office. Seven months ago, County Assessor L. Paul Larkin was also arrested with a blood alcohol concentration of .110. Minto will be facing more severe penalties with her extreme DUI and felony assault charges, and it is not known how her arrest will affect her position as a Pinal County assessor.

"It makes you wonder who is going to assess our property values in Pinal County now," Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said in a statement.

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