SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An Imperial Beach man arrested on suspicion of drunken driving three times in five days pleaded not guilty Thursday to DUI charges in connection with one of those incidents.
David Lakarnafeaux, 44, was last arrested about 6:30 a.m. Sunday.
Sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a drunken driver on Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach found that the defendant had walked inside a bar on Palm Avenue, according to sheriff's Sgt. Ted Greenwald.
They soon discovered Lakarnafeaux had already been arrested for the same reason twice last week, he said.
The defendant was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving by San Diego police on Jan. 17 and by California Highway Patrol officers on Jan. 19, Greenwald said.
Lakarnafeaux was arraigned Wednesday on the Imperial Beach case and was ordered held on $100,000 bail.
Thursday at the downtown courthouse,Lakarnafeaux's attorney, Jason Conge, said his client had been sober for 2 1/2 years before the series of DUI arrests.
Conge said initial results from the Jan. 17 DUI arrest showed the defendant with a .05 or .06 percent blood-alcohol level, but actual blood results were not yet available.
Deputy City Attorney Heily Hernandez told Commissioner Robert Rice that the defendant was "an extreme danger on the road."
In the Jan. 17 incident, the defendant pulled into a gas station, forgot to put his car in park and hit another car, the prosecutor alleged.
In the second incident two days later, Lakarnafeaux's blood-alcohol level was measured at .18 percent, Hernandez said.
The defendant's blood-alcohol level was measure at .14 percent following his arrest in Imperial Beach, according to the prosecutor.
Rice set bail at $40,000 in the downtown case and scheduled trial for Feb. 22.
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