A Hero saves lives! That is what San Diego Charger Star Shawne Merriman may have done this weekend when he stopped a potential "Tequila" DUI driver from attempting to get on California roads.
Perhaps thanks partly to Shawne Merriman, no one died on San Diego County roadways during the first 36 hours of the Labor Day holiday weekend. There were 60 San Diego California DUI arrests, compared to 72 in 2008. 923 people were arrested for San Diego DUI, compared to 1,069 in 2008.
The case involves Tila Tequila. Hero San Diego Charger Shawne Merriman and his superb lawyer maintain he kept her from driving under the influence. He in effect stopped a San Diego California DUI from happening, possibly saving a life. “I was trying to help her, not hurt her,” Merriman pointed out. “I'm still glad I did what I did.”
San Diego County DUI deputies responded to a disturbance call at Merriman's home near Sage Crest and Oak Knoll drives in Poway California about 3:45 a.m. Tequila told deputies she had been choked and physically restrained by "Lights Out" when she tried to leave. She requested an ambulance and was treated at Poway's Pomerado Hospital. Tequila wasn't seriously hurt. She was able to talk and walk. She signed a citizen's arrest complaint charging Merriman with battery and false imprisonment. Both are potential felonies.
"Lights Out"'s astute attorney pointed out Tequila was “extremely intoxicated”, Merriman tried to get a ride for her. “At no time did Mr. Merriman assault her; at no time did Mr. Merriman keep her against her will,” the reputable lawyer emphasized.
Merriman and Tequila were partying at the Stingaree, a hot Gaslamp Quarter club, Saturday night. The club issued a statement, saying the couple had joined friends there for a birthday celebration. They stayed until closing. When the cops later came to Merriman's house, Tequila acknowledged she had been drinking and appeared intoxicated. Merriman had just 1 cocktail that night, at Stingaree. Even though Tequila was allegedly restrained by Merriman, she was able to get to a phone and call 911.
6 people were arrested for public intoxication in San Diego after Floatopia while avoiding the beach alcohol ban by floating in the Sail Bay section of Mission Bay while consuming beer and the like a la Internet messages on Facebook and Twitter.
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