A displeased judge delayed the sentencing of the Gilbert police chief’s daughter on Friday when attorneys in the drunken driving case bungled their planning.
Brandi Dorn, 25, of Queen Creek, awaits sentencing after pleading guilty Nov. 2 to drunken driving and aggravated assault. She admitted to driving drunk on Jan. 31 on Gilbert Road near U.S. 60.
Police said Dorn lost control of her car and hit two people, causing them to go to the hospital with injuries. Dorn told police she had one beer and two shots of whiskey earlier in the day, a police report states.
Although defense attorney Eugene Barnes was prepared to go forward Friday with the sentencing in Maricopa County Superior Court, prosecutors said they told the victims not to come to court due to a miscommunication.
Judge Silvia Arellano chastised Barnes and the prosecutors for their lack of communication but postponed the sentencing so the victims would have the opportunity to speak in court.
Arellano reset Dorn’s sentencing for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in Maricopa County Superior Court in Mesa. County attorney spokesman Mike Anthony Scerbo said Dorn could face up to 7 1/2 years in prison. Dorn also faces a civil lawsuit related to the incident.
Dorn has been arrested four times on charges of DUI since 2002.
Friday’s hearing came one day after the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced that the daughter of Scottsdale police Chief Alan Rodbell will spend one day in jail for a misdemeanor DUI offense.
Cody Nicole Rodbell, 22, pleaded guilty to the charge Thursday in the University Lakes Justice Court in Chandler and will spend the day in jail on Dec. 18, according to information from the court.