Man arrested in Sonora on suspicion of drunk driving

04/03/2013 10:52 AM

04/03/2013 10:24 PM

A man Sonora police say had four prior driving under the influence convictions was arrested again on suspicion of the same crime.

Jeffery Spiteri, 43, and his passenger, David Bryan, 47, were arrested Monday night in Sonora after a law enforcement officer saw their vehicle traveling about 10 mph and weaving in and out of traffic on Mono Way near Greenley Road, authorities said.

A Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department corporal saw the two in the 1996 Buick Skylark and made a traffic stop. When he got to the car, he noticed a strong smell of alcohol, according to Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson. The corporal then turned the stop over to Sonora police.

Spiteri failed the field sobriety test and was arrested. A preliminary test showed his blood-alcohol level at 0.26 percent, more than three times the legal limit.

It also was discovered that he had four prior convictions — one in 2004, another in 2006 and two in 2007. Bryan also was found to be on probation.

Both men were booked at the Tuolumne County Jail — Spiteri on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and misdemeanor driving without a license, and Bryan on suspicion of misdemeanor public intoxication and a probation violation.

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