Cruickshank teacher arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

A Cruickshank Middle School teacher was booked Tuesday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Merced police reported.

Fred Arzamendi II, 52, was arrested after police observed him swerving in his vehicle as it traveled northbound on G Street just before 11 p.m.

Merced police dispatchers had received a call some 20 minutes earlier about a car with a possibly impaired driver leaving a parking lot in the 3100 block of G Street.

The officer said he smelled an alcoholic beverage when he stopped Arzamendi near Donna Drive. After further investigation, Arzamendi was placed under arrest.

-- Sun-Star staff