Drunken driving charges will not be filed against San Carlos Vice Mayor Andy Klein, according to the district attorney’s office. Results from a blood alcohol test taken by California Highway Patrol officers in the early morning hours of May 12 showed that Klein’s blood alcohol level was 0.07 percent, just below the legal level of 0.08 percent, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The test results combined with an absence of any driving infractions left a lack of evidence to pursue any criminal charges, Wagstaffe said. The CHP was notified of the district attorney’s decision. Klein had pulled over to the shoulder of an Edgewood Road off-ramp from Interstate Highway 280 to make a phone call when he was approached by San Mateo County Sheriff deputies at about 12:30 a.m. The deputies smelled alcohol in Klein’s car and called the CHP to administer a Breathalyzer test, according to CHP Officer Art Montiel.
Klein’s blood alcohol level was measured at the legal limit, 0.08 percent, and he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Klein, who has been acting-Mayor of San Carlos since former Mayor Omar Ahmad died of a heart attack two weeks ago, publicly apologized for the arrest at a San Carlos City Council meeting Monday night. Klein withdrew his name from consideration for mayor and said he hoped the incident had not brought any embarrassment to the city of San Carlos.
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