Sep 30, 2014
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A man who drove from the parking lot of an El Cerrito cocktail lounge last week was allegedly intoxicated enough not to realize a police officer was following him, which could explain why he proceeded to drive southbound in the northbound lanes of San Pablo Avenue for several blocks before he was pulled over and arrested.

The incident occurred just before 2 a.m. Friday as the 47-year-old San Francisco man was leaving the Sky Lounge at 10458 San Pablo Ave., the El Cerrito Police Department reported Tuesday.

An officer observed a vehicle turn left out of the club’s parking lot and head southbound in the the northbound lanes of San Pablo Avenue.

The driver was followed for several blocks to Eureka Avenue, where he apparently realized his error and drove over the center median into the southbound lanes.

The officer subsequently pulled him over at Van Fleet Avenue and arrested him on DUI charges.

The driver, whose identity wasn’t immediately available, was booked and transported to the Martinez Detention Facility.


  1. I object to this article, I was working at the Skylounge that night and this man was not served. This paper needs to issue a correction, as this falsely insinuates the Lounge had anything to do with this incident. This is an establishment of class and sophistication. The parking lot is Bank of America’s, not ours. We lose business all the time from not serving groups from other bars, because one or two from the group are visibly intoxicated. We run a tight ship here, class defined. If you would like to know the real story, or to.learn about how the bars have changed and enforcement issues have changed in the last 18 years in El Cerrito, I would be willing to meet.

    kim | Sep 30th, 2014

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.