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DUI crackdown nets 44 drivers on Sonoma County roads over weekend

A Marin County man found weaving his pickup truck along Highway 101 in Petaluma Monday night had a blood alcohol level more than four times the legal limit, Petaluma police reported.

Robert Neuhaus, 26, was one of 44 drivers arrested countywide since Friday in an ongoing crackdown on suspected drunken drivers.

Officers spotted Neuhaus at about 7 p.m. headed south on the highway, his white truck weaving across all the traffic lanes, Sgt. Ken Savano reported.

When the patrol car's red light went on behind him, the driver took the Lakeville Highway exit, nearly missing the turn and almost hitting a gasoline tanker truck, Savano said.

The man could hardly stand during his sobriety test and told officers he'd had one can of beer Monday and that he'd been heading home after playing golf.

Officers found an open container of alcohol inside the center console of his truck.

Neuhaus was found to have a .34 blood alcohol level. The legal limit is .08.

He remained in custody Tuesday morning in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Officers impounded his truck.

Sonoma County law enforcement officers from 13 agencies are in the midst of an 18-day program focusing on drunken drivers. The campaign started Friday night and will end after Labor Day weekend.

Last year during the same end-of-summer campaign, 252 people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.

So far this year there have been no fatal crashes involving alcohol. One collision resulted in injuries.

In the 2009 effort overall, there were eight crashes and 10 people injured but no one was killed, Savano said.

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