CHP commander pleads no contest to DUI charge


An attorney for Lt. Brian Edwin Goldhammer, the Williams Area CHP Commander who was cited and released for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol while on the job in August, entered a no contest plea for his client during a pre-trial hearing in the Colusa County Superior Court on Oct. 31.

Colusa County District Attorney Matthew Beauchamp said on Monday that he did so without a plea agreement.

“He came in and pleaded guilty to DUI,” Beauchamp said. “He didn’t ask for any special dispensation because of his position. I give him credit for being a man about it. There’s something to be said about doing something wrong and then stepping up and taking care of it.”

Goldhammer was sentenced to 90 days in the Colusa County jail, a sentence that was stayed by the court pending the completion of three years of summary probation. In addition to receiving summary probation, Goldhammer was also ordered to serve 48 hours in the Colusa County jail, to enroll in a program for first-time DUI offenders, and to pay a total of $1,823 in fines.

During open court, it was stated that Goldhammer’s blood-alcohol-content was 0.11 percent at the time of his arrest. 

An internal investigation by the Northern Division CHP Office is ongoing, and Goldhammer remains employed, a Northern Division Sergeant said over the phone on Monday. CHP declined to comment further. ■

Brian Pearson is the former Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects included reporting local government and the sports page.