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Drivers Help Lasso Repeat DUI Offender on 101

CHP says Laytonville man had three previous drunken driving convictions within the past four years.

A driver seen weaving while behind the wheel on Highway 101 faces his fourth DUI within four years after being arrested just north of Novato, the California Highway Patrol said Tuesday.

Several callers dialed 911 to say a silver Toyota Tundra pickup was weaving badly between lanes of traffic on southbound 101 near Petaluma on Monday afternoon, CHP officer Andrew Barclay said. Marin CHP officers headed to the area, then heard reports that the truck had stopped on the highway just south of the Redwood Landfill near Olompali State Historic Park.

Barclay said a few other drivers pulled up behind the pickup, and the truck's driver became combative with them. Two citizens restrained the man while another yanked the keys out of the truck's ignition, according to the witnesses.

The CHP officers pulled up at that point and took custody of the man, identified as Laytonville resident David Lee Tolbert, 62, Barclay said.

Tolbert subsequently failed sobriety tests and was arrested, leading to a check of his driving history. Officers then found that he had three previous DUI convictions since 2010 and that his license was suspended. He was on active DUI probation and his truck was missing an ignition interlock device required as part of his probation, Barclay said.

The truck was impounded and Tolbert was booked into Marin County Jail at 4:17 p.m. He faces a felony charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs because it was his fourth within a 10-year span. Other charges include the regular DUI charge, a probation violation, not having a required interlock ignition device installed and driving while suspended for DUI.

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T.Sprocket February 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Very rarely do you see citizens getting involved. Congratulations to those involved. Thank you.
Dave February 27, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Wow! thank you to to people to put them themselves at risk and reacted to that could have been a tragedy cost many lives. I assume he is locked up and his keys have been thrown away.
Tina McMillan February 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM
I know this sounds extreme but what if all vehicles contained devices that made ignition dependent on blood alcohol level? In some CA DUI cases this is already a condition of probation. http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl31.htm "Interlock Devices as Standard Equipment - An amendment to the 2010 Motor Vehicle Safety Act, calls for $40 million over the next five years to develop alcohol detection sensors and could lead to sensors becoming standard equipment in all new vehicles in as few as 5 to 10 years. These sensors are far different from the interlock devices installed in the vehicles of convicted DUI offenders today. The research being funded will look into skin sensors in the vehicle's steering wheel that could detect the presence of alcohol in the driver's sweat, or sensors located in the driver’s headrest that can detect alcohol in the driver’s breath or perspiration. The sensors will be set to require detection of a .08 BAC level before it locks the vehicle’s ignition system. The American Beverage Association considers this measure to be a form of “Big Brotherism” but victim advocacy groups such as MADD and driving safety organizations such as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety see the legislation as a positive step to prevent drunk driving." http://alerts.nationalsafetycommission.com/2010/07/technology-to-prevent-drunk-driving.html
Dave February 27, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Wow! Thank you to the people who put themselves at risk and reacted. It could have been a tragedy costing innocent lives. I assume he is locked up and his keys thrown away.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 27, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Sell the cars Pay for more CHP

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