CHP: Repeat DUI driver pours out beer in view of officer, gets arrested in Santa Rosa
With a CHP motorcycle officer behind him in stopped traffic, a driver at a Santa Rosa intersection opened the door of his Buick SUV and poured out a beer bottle, the CHP said Tuesday.
The officer pulled over Alejandro Gonzalez, 24, near the Steele Lane and Illinois Avenue intersection about 4 p.m. Saturday. The Healdsburg man failed sobriety tests and subsequently was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and child endangerment - he had two children, 12 and 13, in the SUV.
He also faces other suspected charges, including driving with a suspended license, driving without an ignition interlock device and violating probation.
It was his fourth DUI arrest within a decade, authorities said. Gonzalez has three prior DUI convictions, CHP said.
Gonzalez remained in custody Tuesday in the Sonoma County Jail with bail set at $100,000.
Sonoma County Child Protective Services were contacted about the children, CHP said.
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