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A football coach and outreach specialist at Santa Rosa Junior College has been charged with murder in an alleged drunken- driving crash that killed a 21-year-old Sonoma State University student.

Logologoa “Logo” Tevaseu, 35, faces a life prison sentence if convicted of killing Paulette Quiba on Sunday night on Lakeville Highway near Petaluma. The junior from Oakley was returning to Rohnert Park from a family visit when authorities said Tevaseu crossed the double yellow lines in his Dodge Ram pickup and slammed head-on into her Toyota Corolla.

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed a five-count complaint, including murder because Tevaseu was convicted of drunken driving in Sonoma County in 2012 and was informed of the dangers. The charges include a sentencing enhancement for having a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or greater — close to two times the legal limit.

The defensive line coach for the Bear Cubs since 2015 is being denied bail and remains in custody. He appeared in court briefly Wednesday before Judge Robert LaForge but said nothing and postponed entering a plea. His next court date is Tuesday.

Friends and family, including head coach Lenny Wagner, attended the hearing. Wagner said “I love him like a son,” but that he was forbidden by the college from commenting further. Family members including his brother, fellow SRJC coach Martin Tevaseu, also declined to comment.

Logo Tevaseu receives a small stipend for his work with the SRJC football team but his full-time job with the school is as an outreach specialist in the Student Outreach department, said campus spokeswoman Ellen Maremont Silver. His annual salary is $51,936, she said.

Tevaseu continues to be employed full time. He is not on leave and has not been fired, Maremont Silver said.

Quiba, who was taking pre- business courses, was a member of Phi Sigma Sigma and active in her Oakley church. She was also a member of the Filipino American Association.

Last weekend, she joined family in the East Bay to celebrate the anniversary of their arrival in America from the Philippines.

The family spent about two hours at a Colombian barbecue restaurant in Concord before she left at about 8:30 p.m. to return to her apartment, her father said.

The collision happened 40 minutes later on the rural highway near Cougar Mountain Drive, just north of Highway 37.

Tevaseu was headed south on Lakeville Highway and was passing vehicles illegally across double yellow lines, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

While passing other southbound cars, he struck Quiba’s Toyota, which was traveling north.

Three vehicles then collided with the Toyota or each other. Three people were taken to Memorial and Petaluma Valley hospitals with minor and moderate injuries.

Tevaseu refused to take a blood test, which was conducted after officers obtained a search warrant, Sloat said.

He grew up in a Bay Area neighborhood and was on a path to a California Youth Authority prison until he was placed in the Lifeworks Academy group home in Boonville, according to a 2004 article in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

He enrolled at Anderson Valley High School, where he was voted student body president and became an honor roll student and a standout athlete. He played football two seasons at SRJC, where he was an all-conference linebacker and punter, then moved to Texas Christian University in 2003.

Top 5 locations of last drink before DUI arrest

1) Home – 254

2) Friend’s House – 223

3) Relative’s House – 82

4) Graton Casino – 72

5) Car – 56

Source: CHP Last Drink Surveys 2015-2017

DUI arrests in Sonoma County by agency

Every day, on average, more than seven people are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Sonoma County. Two-thirds are arrested by two agencies: CHP and Santa Rosa police, The Press Democrat found in an analysis of 8,074 DUI arrests by 14 law enforcement agencies from 2015 to 2017. Here’s how they break down by agency.

CHP: 3,155 arrests, excluding the City of Sonoma and a good chunk of the Sonoma Valley, which are served by the CHP office in Napa.

Santa Rosa police: 2,000

Petaluma police: 839

Rohnert Park Public Safety: 469

Sebastopol police: 426

Healdsburg police: 394

Cotati police: 185

Sonoma police: 155

Windsor police: 139

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office: 100

Santa Rosa Junior College police: 87

Cloverdale police: 70

Sonoma State University police: 31

California State Parks rangers: 24

Years later Tevaseu returned to SRJC to help coach the team.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 707-568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com.

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