Alleged DUI driver has close call with police car

ANDERSON, Calif. - A Northstate man was arrested for drunk driving after police said he nearly collided head-on with police car in Anderson.  

The officer was responding to a disturbance near Mill and Church Streets around 8 p.m. Monday.
According to a news release from Anderson Police Department, the suspect was leaving the disturbance and nearly collided head-on with the patrol car.   The suspect's SUV reportedly drifted left of center line, toward the oncoming police vehicle.  The officer drove the patrol car to the right shoulder of the road to avoid the suspect's vehicle.

Police pulled over the driver, 30-year-old Brandon Drenon of Burney.  Officers said Drenon was angry with officers who were trying to obtain information from him about the earlier disturbance.  He refused to submit to field sobriety tests, but officers determined he was impaired and it was not safe for him to drive. 

Officers learned his license was suspended due to a past DUI conviction and he was required to have an ignition interlock device which was not installed in the SUV.  

Drenon was booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of DUI.   He took a breathalyzer test and officers said he registered more than three times the legal blood alcohol limit for driving.  He faces a series of charges including DUI, driving on a suspended license and operating a vehicle when required to have an ignition interlock device.

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