An Imperial Beach man was picked up by law enforcement on suspicion of driving under the influence early Sunday morning. The man was reportedly inside a bar when Sheriff’s deputies first encountered the man. Despite not being found in, or even near, a vehicle, the deputies placed the 44-year-old man under arrest for allegedly violating California DUI laws.
Soon after the DUI arrest, law enforcement says they learned that the man had been arrested two other times within the previous five days on drunk driving charges. Authorities say the man was arrested on Jan. 17 on suspicion of DUI charges in San Diego, and on Jan. 19, California Highway Patrol officers made a DUI arrest.
After the Sunday arrest, the man accused of driving drunk three times in five day was taken to the San Diego Central Jail and held on $100,000 bail. The Imperial Beach man appeared in court for arraignment on the misdemeanor DUI charge that is alleged to have occurred on Jan. 17.
Although the accused was in court for arraignment on the earliest DUI charge, the judge denied the defense request to release the defendant on his own recognizance. The judge remanded the defendant to the San Diego Central Jail, leaving the $100,000 bond intact. Arraignment hearings on each of the two later DUI charges will be held separately.
News reports carry few details of the three arrests. However, KGTV San Diego News 10 reports that the latest arrest inside a bar followed a citizen report of a potential drunk driver on Seacoast Drive around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Apparently, law enforcement responded to the area and located the man inside a bar on Palm Avenue.
Source: KGTV San Diego, “Another DUI Hearing For Man Arrested 3 Times,” Jan. 26, 2012