A 38-year-old Pablo man was arrested for his eighth drunken-driving offense early Wednesday after a sheriff's deputy spotted him driving with his headlights off.
Steven Lee Rodriguez was allegedly driving his truck slowly through a parking lot on West Broadway when he was stopped by an officer. According to charging documents, Rodriguez smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated. His eyes were red, glassy and bloodshot, and his speech was slow.
Rodriguez admitted he had been drinking, and a background check of his name revealed seven prior DUI convictions.
Rodriguez also had a felony warrant out of Lake County for $20,000. That warrant, issued after his seventh DUI, is based on a petition to revoke the sentence that Rodriguez received after his sixth DUI.
Rodriguez refused to perform field sobriety tests on the roadside, records state, and was transported to the jail. After failing a walk-and-turn maneuver, Rodriguez stated “I'm drunk,” according to records.
Monday, January 19, 2009