The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office arrested a drunk driver on Highway 108 in East Sonora after an anonymous tipster spotted him driving a Nissan Xterra slowly down the highway without headlights on.

About 2:30 a.m. Friday, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on the Sonora resident near the intersection with Phoenix Lake Road when he saw the vehicle driving slowly and crossing double-yellow lines into oncoming lanes. Instead of pulling over to the side of the road, the driver stopped his SUV in the middle of the westbound lane.

The man exited his vehicle after ignoring orders to stay in the vehicle, and almost fell to the ground, said Sgt. Andrea Benson.

The man took a “fighting stance” with clenched fists, cursed at deputies and asked to engage in a fight, Benson said.

When asked to place his hands on his head and go into a kneeling position, the man stumbled, unable to keep his balance, and entered his vehicle again and said he was going to drive home.

A deputy attempted to stop the man from driving, and the man swung his arm out of the window and attempted to hit the deputy. When additional personnel arrived to assist with apprehending the man, he continued to resist and kick at the deputies, Benson said.

At the time of the arrest, the man was taken to Adventist Health Sonora for a blood draw to determine his blood alcohol content. He was uncooperative and refused the procedure, but later, about 4 a.m. at the Tuolumne County Jail, a test determined his BAC to be 0.103, Benson said.

Jeffrey Adams, 52, was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and resisting arrest.

As of Friday afternoon Adams was still in the jail and was set to be released on his own recognizance.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.



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