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Elderly man from San Rafael arrested twice for DUI in same day


SAN RAFAEL – According to the CHP, a 71-year-old San Rafael man was arrested 2 times within the span of 12 hours on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the same day.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Andrew Barclay said that an alert was broadcast to Marin County law enforcement to search and pull over a driver who appeared to be intoxicated. The description of his car was also given. A Marin County Sheriff’s deputy saw the car parked in a parking lot on Marinwood Avenue near San Rafael. When the deputy approached the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle Gary Amone drove away over the curb and tried to escape. The deputy succeeded in stopping him and called a CHP unit to do a field sobriety test. He failed the field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Around 3 a.m. he was locked up in Marin County Jail. He was released around 9 a.m.

Barclay told that the jail usually releases DUI suspects on their own recognizance once they have sobered up and if they have a valid ID.

About 2:47 p.m. on Thursday, CHP officers received a report of a possible drunk driver on Highway 37. A motorcycle officer pulled over the drunk driver and smelled alcohol on his breath. The driver identified himself as Gary Armone. Barclay said the driver told the officer that he was Gary Armone. “It was definitely the same guy”. Armone was issued a field sobriety test again in which he failed and the result showed that he was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was again arrested and locked up in Marin County Jail.

Armone faces two counts from each incident, one of DUI and another for driving with a BAC level equal to or above .08 percent.

Barclay said that Armone didn’t have any conviction of DUI in his record.

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Aaron Bortel is a Lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a Criminal Defense attorney for over 25 years whose practice is dedicated exclusively to DUI law. He has offices in Marin County and San Francisco and defends his clients in all Bay Area Courts and at DMV.