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California driver arrested after a race, allegedly while drunk

Jul 22, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT


While we can joke about this situation now, a dirt track race in Watsonville, Calif. this weekend was no laughing matter.

A 64-year-old San Jose driver, Leslie Charles Hunter, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during a race at the Watsonville Ocean Speedway (File photo right, via Yahoo!).

Arresting officer Jacob Gonzales of the Santa Cruz County Highway Patrol told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that after Hunter had completed his race, his blood alcohol level was found to be greater than 0.08 percent.

The suspicions arose because Hunter was alleged of driving recklessly in the race, forcing drivers either off line or off the track completely.

Thankfully, there were no injuries reported.

  1. bmcgrath2 - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    64 years old, racing open wheels on dirt at .08+?
    Now that guy knows how to party.

    All joking aside, glad nobody was hurt. Thats scary.

    • keeper1st - Jul 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      The photo is misleading. It is a file photo that does indeed show Ocean Speedway, but it does not show the class of car that Hunter was driving. He competes (or competed) in the American Stocks, which are like hobby stocks at many tracks, only a bit quicker depending on whose rules you compare them to.

      • bmcgrath2 - Jul 24, 2013 at 2:03 AM

        Hmmm, this is kind of what I was figuring before I made my post, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. I was wondering if this was just a stock photo highlighting Ocean Speedway. Thank you for following up.

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