The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office is crediting a van full of U.S. Coast Guard officers with apprehending a drunk driver near the Mavericks Invitational surfing contest on Friday. The eight officers were driving to the contest when they saw an overturned truck off of state Highway 92 east of Half Moon Bay at around 5:30 a.m., sheriff’s office spokeswoman Rebecca Rosenblatt said. The officers pulled over to render assistance and found the truck empty, Rosenblatt said. They immediately searched the area and found the driver standing near a tree about 100 yards away.
He was later identified as Ric Dustin Acosta, 32, of San Lorenzo. Acosta appeared to be confused, and the Coast Guard officers stayed with him until sheriff’s deputies arrived, Rosenblatt said. Acosta failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Christopher White praised the group of marine safety officers and called them a “prime example” of professionalism. “As the first people on scene, our Coast Guard crews did exactly as their training dictates by assessing the scene for anyone in need of assistance,” White said.
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