Crime

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI, then showed up drunk at CHP station

California Highway Patrol officer William Lane arrests DUI suspect Talwinder Singh at the Modesto area CHP office on Tuesday January 8, 2019 when he showed up intoxicated to get his vehicle out of storage for an earlier DUI collision.
California Highway Patrol officer William Lane arrests DUI suspect Talwinder Singh at the Modesto area CHP office on Tuesday January 8, 2019 when he showed up intoxicated to get his vehicle out of storage for an earlier DUI collision. California Highway Patrol

A New York man was arrested for the second time in six days on suspicion of driving under the influence after he allegedly drove drunk to the Modesto area California Highway Patrol Office to inquire about the location of his BMW.

The BMW had been towed following 30-year-old Talwinder Singh’s arrest on suspicion of DUI Jan. 2. He crashed into a parked car on South Ninth Street near Hosmer Avenue, said CHP Officer Tom Olsen.

When Singh arrived at the CHP office on Kiernan Avenue Tuesday afternoon, he showed sings of intoxication.

Olsen would not say what those signs were but said Officer William Lane conducted a DUI evaluation on Singh in the lobby and determined he was under the influence. Singh again was arrested on suspicion of DUI. It is not clear whether the car Singh allegedly drove to the office also was impounded.

Olsen said identifying impaired drivers is the CHPs “bread and butter.”

“It is foolish to think you are going to walk into a police agency, especially our agency, and think that we are not going to notice that,” he said.

Still, Olsen said situations like this occur at least a few times a year. He said people come to the station smelling of alcohol or marijuana or drive themselves there despite having a suspended license.

Erin has been covering breaking news and crime at The Modesto Bee since 2010. She is a Humboldt State graduate and resides in Oakdale.

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