A suspected drunken driver swerved off the road toward unlikely targets — two state police cars with officers standing next to them.
The two officers were at 205 Chico Drive when Patrick Trujillo, 24, 820 N. Grand Ave., was speeding on the wrong side of the street shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, nearly wrecking when he rounded a curve, according to a state police report. The car drifted onto the grass shoulder, approaching the squad cars. One of the officers told Trujillo to stop, but he drove away.
The officers quickly found the car at 219 Chico Drive, with Trujillo pounding at the door of the residence, officials said. Upon seeing the police, Trujillo fled, but an officer caught him, the report states.
State police reported that Trujillo had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol. He agreed to perform sobriety checks but failed — for instance, falling repeatedly during the one-leg-stand test, according to police.
Trujillo was charged with DWI, evading officers and reckless driving.
Magistrate Judge Philip Romero set Trujillo’s bond at $3,000 cash-only, state police said. A driver’s license check revealed no previous DWI arrests, the police report states.