A routine traffic stop ended Saturday in Atwater with a Winton man behind bars with a suspected blood-alcohol level more than four times above the legal limit, according to the Police Department.
Atwater police received a call about 8:30 p.m. about a possible drunken driver in a black Jeep southbound on Shaffer Road near Fortuna Avenue, police said in a news release.
An officer found the Jeep and stopped the vehicle in the 300 block of Gabriel Drive.
The driver, 31-year-old Jose Miguel Avila, had his blood-alcohol level measured at .375, according to police. The legal limit is 0.08.
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“Not only could this take a physical toll on the body, it could also danger others,” said Atwater police Lt. Samuel Joseph. “That’s a danger zone.”
Avila was arrested and booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and being an unlicensed driver. He later was released from jail.