Leon Maynard, 60, of San Bruno is trying to avoid a DUI conviction after police say they spotted him "struggling to steer" a double decker tour bus near Stockton and Post in the city's Financial District. Officers also claim they saw three small bottles of E&J Brandy on the tour bus and that the driver blew a 0.21 BAC at the time of his arrest. Maynard, however, pleaded not guilty to drunk driving and open container violations.
Maynard is employed by San Francisco Deluxe Sightseeing, which operates the ubiquitous British-style red double decker buses and has managed to achieve a confidence-inspiring 1.5 star rating on Yelp. Officers stopped Maynard's bus in the middle of a great American drinking weekend around 1:15 p.m. on July 5th. He was, it seems, having trouble handling the steering wheel and the PA system's microphone.
The legal limit for a driver's blood alcohol content in California is .08, and .04 for commercial driving (although it should be .00 for anyone tasked with driving a two-story-tall, bright red bus full of tourists). Maynard's next hearing will be on August 19th.
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