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Man Arrested in Los Gatos on DUI Charges After Fighting With Witness

Resident helps local cops apprehend alleged impaired driver.

Los Gatos Monte Sereno police arrested a 22-year-old man this month on suspicion of DUI after a verbal altercation with a resident who witnessed him weaving in and out of traffic and reported him to the cops.

The resident followed Matthew Michael Taylor to a side street at 11:36 p.m. Feb. 10 at Los Gatos Boulevard and Los Gatos-Saratoga Road and a verbal argument ensued between the men, according to a police report.

Police arrived at the scene and arrested Taylor for misdemeanor driving while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug.

According to California law, it's unlawful for any driver to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more. If found guilty, Taylor could serve a maximum jail sentence of one year in the county jail and a fine of more than $1,500.

The most common punishment, however, is a 30-day jail sentence that is “suspended,” as long as the defendant completes three years of probation under several conditions.

c laub March 15, 2013 at 05:06 PM
This incident was made more interesting by the fact that the resident who followed the drunken man and reported him to the police was his 77-year old neighbor Phil. When he phoned the police, the 22-year old tried to punch him out, but in his diminished condition was fortunately unable to deliver on the promise.

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