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Teen's DUI Arrest Part of Busy Labor Day Weekend for Marin CHP

San Rafael driver pulled over in Corte Madera after weaving and speeding.

A San Rafael driver stopped for reckless driving on Highway 101 in Corte Madera was found to have a stash of items that might cause some unstable behavior behind the wheel.

A California Highway Patrol officer saw a black BMW speeding and weaving through traffic at 11:30 p.m. Friday and conducted a traffic stop, Sgt. Marcus Bartholomew said. A driver and two passengers were sitting amid 35 cans of beer, several containers of marijuana and smoking pipes, he said.

Darik Thunstrom, 18, of San Rafael was arrested and booked for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving a vehicle with a blood alcohol of over .08 percent, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana in a vehicle, driver under 21 possessing alcohol in a vehicle and possessing another person’s identification. 

The two 18-year-old passengers were released.

CHP Marin patrol officers logged four DUI arrests on the first day of its Labor Day “Maximum Enforcement Period,” which started at 6:01 p.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. Several “speed teams” were scheduled over the holiday weekend on 101, Highway 37 and Interstate 580.

The CHP said the maximum staffing allowed officers to do their normal enforcement on the highways, assist motorists with disabled vehicles, keep an eye out for distracted and impaired drivers and seatbelt violations.

PK September 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Happy they were stopped before someone was killed.
Tracy September 04, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Thank goodness these people were taken off the road.

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