A man who was pulled over for driving in the carpool lane alone was arrested for driving under the influence in Sonoma County on Tuesday evening, California Highway Patrol officials said. CHP Officer Karri Post stopped a Dodge Caravan on southbound U.S. Highway 101 just south of state Highway 12 at around 5 p.m. after she noticed the motorist was driving in the carpool lane with no passengers.
Post noted alleged signs of intoxication in the driver,56-year-old Michael Joseph Hartnett, of Rio Nido, CHP officials said. Hartnett was arrested on suspicion of DUI and his van was impounded. It was later found that Hartnett’s license was suspended, he had three prior convictions for DUI, and he was on probation for a prior DUI, CHP officials said. Hartnett was booked into Sonoma County jail and is facing charges of DUI, probation violation, driving while suspended, and felony DUI.
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