OAKLAND -- Oakland City Councilmember Ignacio De La Fuente was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Thursday night, according to the California Highway Patrol.
De La Fuente (Glenview-Fruitvale) did not return a call for comment Friday.
A CHP officer pulled De La Fuente over about 7:30 p.m. Thursday after the officer spotted him making unsafe lane changes and speeding on Interstate 580 near the Fruitvale exit, CHP spokesman San Morgan said. The speed limit in that area is 65 mph and De La Fuente was traveling about 80 mph, Morgan said.
Upon talking to De La Fuente, the officer "noticed impairment" and conducted a field sobriety test that the councilman failed, Morgan said.
De La Fuente was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence -- a misdemeanor -- and processed at the North County Jail in Downtown Oakland. He was given the choice of a blood, urine or breath test. Morgan would not say what kind of test was administered or the test results.
De La Fuente was released to his wife's custody that night and given a future date to appear in court. De La Fuente had been traveling alone in a 2006 Buick that was registered to him, not the city, Morgan said. He has served on the Oakland City Council since he was first elected in 1992.
The California Highway Patrol and other Bay Area police and sheriff's agencies are out in droves as part of a holiday safety campaign targeting drunken drivers. That campaign continues