An argument Monday morning near Gustine ended with two arrests after a Turlock man used pepper spray on a Livingston man suspected of driving under the influence, a Merced County sheriff's spokesman said Tuesday.
Stanley Sullens, 41, was arrested on suspicion of misusing pepper spray and being a felon in possession of pepper spray, said deputy Tom MacKenzie.
Sullens was on parole for a manslaughter conviction in Stanislaus County, MacKenzie said.
Victor Jhawar, 49, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription medication.
The incident occurred about 9:30 a.m. at Whitworth and Sullivan roads, just west of Gustine.
Sullens was a passenger in a Chevrolet Blazer driven by his friend. Jhawar was driving a big rig.
Sullens told authorities they followed Jhawar for several miles because Jhawar was driving erratically and they believed he was driving drunk.
MacKenzie said both vehicles stopped, and Jhawar walked to the Blazer and began arguing with Sullens' friend.
Sullens told authorities he thought Jhawar was going to assault his friend, so he leaned over and used the pepper spray on Jhawar's face.
Jhawar told authorities he was lost and went to the Blazer to ask for directions when he was sprayed for no reason.
MacKenzie said Sullens admitted Jhawar never reached into the Blazer.
Jhawar was treated by paramedics before he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol, and Sullens was arrested by sheriff's deputies.