Beginning January 1, 2019, California law began requiring the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) for certain people convicted of DUI. Those convicted of a second DUI and those convicted of a DUI that injured people are now required to install an IID on every vehicle they own. An IID device is connected to the vehicle and requires a breathalyzer test to start the vehicle. If the owner or driver blower higher than 0.01%, the car will not start. After it is started, it requires the driver to blow into the device at certain intervals, this prevents a sober friend from starting the vehicle and allowing an intoxicated person to drive.
The San Rafael Patch reports on a man who was allegedly driving under the influence and drove over a police officer’s foot.
The incident occurred on Monday afternoon during a DUI traffic stop.
52-year-old Gerald Anthony Sadler had been reported to police by one witness as driving drunkenly through the San Rafael Yacht Harbor parking lot.
At about 3 p.m., police officers asked Sadler to perform field sobriety tests, which he failed.
Sadler struck one of the officers as they attempted to arrest him. He was able to get back into his vehicle, drive over one officer’s foot, and drag him for a short distance before crashing into another vehicle.
Sadler then attempted to flee the scene on foot but was captured by police.
Sadler was booked into the Marin County Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, hit-and-run, resisting arrest, violation of probation, and driving without an ignition interlock.
Both officers had injuries that were treated at a local hospital.