It was a fine Wednesday afternoon in Menlo Park as 26-year-old Efrain Avalos Moreno-Avalos drove along Marsh Road. Trouble was, he was reportedly driving on the wrong side of the street.
Police, responding to a 911 call about the wrong-way driver, arrived to find the Menlo Park man sitting in a car "parked crookedly on the street" with his 10-year-old brother beside him, according to the district attorney's office.
Although Mr. Moreno-Avalos denied being behind the wheel, both the person making the 911 call and his brother contradicted him, the police report said. A breathalyzer allegedly measured a blood alcohol level of .21 percent. In California a level of 0.08 percent is considered above the legal limit for driving.
He pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday, Dec. 14. Mr. Moreno-Avalos remains in custody on $7,500 bail, the district attorney's office said, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 28.