A 55-year-old Novato man was to be charged in court today following his arrest on suspicion of evading police, drunken driving and not having a driver's license, officials said.

Jose Manuel Hernandez' blood-alcohol content was 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, when he was arrested early Saturday, Petaluma Police Lt. Tim Lyons said.

An officer pulled him over just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday on Lakeville Street near Highway 101 for a traffic violation, Lyons said. Hernandez smelled of alcohol and appeared drunk, he said.

When the officer returned to his patrol car to request that another unit bring an alcohol-level testing unit, Hernandez drove away, Lyons said. Hernandez drove at low speeds for about two miles before stopping on Petaluma Boulevard South, Lyons said.

Hernandez is being held without bail at the Sonoma County Jail.

--Julie Johnson