Fresno resident Tyson Nunes, 20, was planning to spend Monday evening catching up with friends who go to Cal Poly. But after surviving a harrowing car accidentâ€”in which his black sports utility vehicle flipped onto its roofâ€”Nunes spent an evening in the local drunk tank instead.
Shortly before midnight, Nunes and Zack Ford, 21, were traveling at a high speed towards their friendâ€™s home on Johnson Avenue andâ€”according to witnesses outside French Hospitalâ€”leaving other drivers in the dust.
The 300 feet of black skid marks on the road show that Nunes attempted to slow down and turn toward his intended destination, but the 1998 Chevrolet Blazer flipped onto its roof. Nunes and Ford crawled out uninjured.
â€œWe had been drinking at Bulls Tavern,â€? Ford said. â€œâ€?I have a red mark on my elbow, not even a graze. Thatâ€™s what a seatbelt will do for you.â€?
Officers gave Nunes a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test at the scene. Nunes blew substantially over the legal limit, police said.
â€œI bet he either had a fake ID or he knows the bartender down there,â€? said San Luis Obispo Police Capt. Dan Blanke. â€œIf nothing else, I plan on informing the owner of Bulls so he can warn his employees.â€?
An owner of Bulls Tavern, Ron Meir, said his staff claims the men were not in Bulls on Monday evening.
Nunes was arrested for driving under the influence and booked into SLO County Jail. âˆ†