On Sunday, Nov. 27, at 12:10 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were on patrol in the area of Pico Boulevard and Stewart Avenue when they saw, and heard, a two door Mercury Cougar with its stereo system blaring at an excessive volume (annoying, or what?).
Officers followed the Cougar and noticed that its driver was swerving in and out of the traffic lanes. The officers stopped the Cougar in the 1800 block of Cloverfield Boulevard and investigated.
The officers decided that the driver of the Cougar appeared intoxicated so they asked him to perform a field sobriety test. He refused, so the officers arrested him. When they arrived at the Santa Monica jail the Cougar driver again refused to take any form of sobriety test so the officers charged him with driving under the influence, making an unsafe lane change, having a loud stereo, and failing to provide evidence of auto insurance.
The bail for this 27-year-old Cougar driving, music loving, Santa Monica resident was set at $15,000.
Editor’s Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter” (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror’s coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.