police-light-bar1.jpgA man was arrested after allegedly running from his car after being pulled over by an off-duty San Francisco police officer on a U.S. Highway 101 off-ramp in Sausalito on Wednesday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The incident started around 10:45 p.m. on the Spencer Avenue off-ramp from northbound Highway 101.

The off-duty police officer saw a 1996 Kia sport utility vehicle driving north on Highway 101 and its driver appeared to be intoxicated, the CHP said.

As the vehicle exited the highway at Spencer Avenue, the officer, who was driving an unmarked police vehicle, pulled behind the Kia and tried to contact the driver. But when the officer got out of his vehicle, the driver ran away toward downtown Sausalito, according to the CHP.

The officer held a 31-year-old passenger in the car at gunpoint until CHP officers arrived.
Investigators identified the driver as 43-year-old David Ray Wright, who was eventually spotted by Sausalito police at a bus stop on Spencer Avenue at 4 a.m. today.

CHP officers were called to the area and observed that Wright showed signs of intoxication, leading them to conclude that he had indeed been driving under the influence when he was pulled over on the off-ramp hours earlier, CHP Officer Chris Rardin said.

Wright was arrested and booked into Marin County jail on suspicion of DUI and evading arrest. He was booked on suspicion of felony DUI because he has at least three prior DUI convictions, Rardin said.

The 31-year-old passenger of the Kia was released after cooperating with officers.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Jimbo

    Why was an off-duty SFPD officer driving a police vehicle in Marin at 10:45 at night? And how can the guy be charged with evading arrest? I don’t know if I’d pull over if a guy pulled up at night in an ordinary car and waved a (possibly fake) badge at me or flashed his (possibly fake) police lights.

  • Jimbo

    Why was an off-duty SFPD officer driving a police vehicle in Marin at 10:45 at night? And how can the guy be charged with evading arrest? I don’t know if I’d pull over if a guy pulled up at night in an ordinary car and waved a (possibly fake) badge at me or flashed his (possibly fake) police lights.