A man was arrested for drunken driving early New Year's Day after he allegedly came toward a patrol car and the police officer had to swerve to avoid an impact.
The incident happened at 1:55 a.m. on Sunday as Officer Kevin Sakasegawa was patrolling in the 1500 block of Park Royal Drive. He noticed a white GMC SUV coming towards him from the opposite direction in the wrong lane and had to maneuver his patrol vehicle over the south curb to avoid being struck. As the vehicle passed it made a hard jerking motion to get back into the correct lane. Sakasegawa immediately turned around and made a stop on the SUV on Valentina Way just south of Kinser Road. Driver Hector Jacobo, 47, of Ceres, appeared to be heavily intoxicated and seemed confused. There was also a large amount of vomit all over the driver's floor board. Jacobo had difficulty getting his license out of his wallet and staggered around once he got out of the vehicle. During the field sobriety test Jacobo told Officer Sakasegawa that he had consumed two to three regular size Bud Light cans of beers at 7 p.m. and was driving home from a party in Riverbank. Jacobo was questioned about where he lived and was unable to explain how to get to his house which was a short distance away. Sakasegawa located three full 25-ounce cans of Bud Light and one open, cold can that was three-quarters empty. Jacobo submitted to a breath test which revealed a .17 percent Blood Alcohol Content, over double the legal limit.
Jacobo was arrested and booked into the County Jail for driving a vehicle while under the influence and having a BAC over .08 percent.