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Injured Bicyclist Arrested for DUI

A Sunnyvale man riding a bicycle on East Cliff Drive was struck by a car, and later arrested for allegedly bicycling under the influence of alcohol.

Vararat Sangwornrachasab, 31, of Santa Cruz, told police he was driving on East Cliff Drive near Blackpoint Lane Saturdy at 8:15 a.m., when a bicyclist veered off the bike path and into his lane and was struck by his 2006 Ford Escape.

The bicyclist, Jesus Cervantes, 38, was seriously injured and taken to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose for treatment. Sangwornrachasab was not injured.

California Highway Patrol officers said Cervantes was under the influence of alcohol – a crime on a bicycle equal to driving a car – and arrested him.

Michael A. Lewis March 20, 2012 at 12:29 AM
The Sentinel sez the SUV driver is a woman. Who's right?
Michael A. Lewis March 20, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Judging by a quick Google search, it looks like Vararat is a woman's name.
Erik Orgell March 20, 2012 at 05:08 PM
How can a DUI on a bicycle be the same crime as doing it behind the wheel of a car weighing a couple of thousand pounds? Not excusing Jesus for being drunk and riding his bike but come on, riding a bike drunk represents a danger to the bicyclist and pedestrians (haven't forgotten about the hammered nimrod riding his bike at very high speed on the sidewalk and hitting the pregnant woman). Driving a car or SUV drunk represents a danger to every other person in their path.

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