Ice cream man gets DUI near school

An ice cream truck driver was arrested in Santa Rosa Friday afternoon for driving with a blood alcohol level higher than four times the legal limit, California Highway Patrol officials said.

At 4:30 p.m. Santa Rosa area CHP officers assisted the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office in response to reports of a possible DUI coming from a clerk working at Roseland Gas Mart on Sebastopol Avenue.

The store clerk told police he watched a man pull into his parking lot driving an ice cream truck before stumbling out of the vehicle, apparently intoxicated.

The driver, identified as Hardev Singh, 57, of Santa Rosa, was detained by Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies before the CHP arrived on scene.

Singh failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and driving without a license, according to CHP officials.

The location of Singh’s arrest was across the street from Roseland Elementary School and took place while trick-or-treaters were just beginning to walk the streets.