Owner’s son drives 100 mph, then is cited for DUI

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Kirk Mitchell

John Bowlen was ar­rested Sun­day on two mis­de­meanor drunken driv­ing charges af­ter he was pulled over for passing cars on the me­dian at more than 100 mph on a Cal­i­for­nia high­way, of­fi­cials say.

“He wasn’t co­op­er­a­tive. He did make it clear sev­eral times that he was the son of Den­ver Bron­cos owner Pat Bowlen. It didn’t help. We ar­rested him just like any other ci­ti­zen. He got no pref­er­en­tial treat­ment,” said Sgt. Tim Neu­mann, a spokesman for the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

Bowlen, 31, was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on Sun­day af­ter­noon on one mis­de­meanor charge of be­ing un­der the

in­flu­ence of a drug or al­co­hol and one count of hav­ing a read­ing of more than the Cal­i­for­nia limit of 0.08 percent of al­co­hol in his blood.

Bowlen’s “reck­less driv­ing” trig­gered nu­mer­ous 911 calls from drivers on U.S. 101 near Paso Robles on Sun­day. Five troop­ers joined the chase.

The first calls came by mo­torists on north­bound

E101 at 1:27 p.m. in San Luis Obispo County.

Call­ers said a man driv­ing a gray Jeep Chero­kee was weav­ing in and out of traf­fic go­ing more than 100 mph. When all lanes of the high­way were blocked by cars go­ing the speed limit, the driver passed by swerv­ing onto the me­dian or the right shoul­der of the high­way.

A steady num­ber of 911 calls were made for more than 20 miles. When the driver ap­proached Paso Robles, the calls in­creased.

Af­ter the Jeep passed a pa­trol

Ecar, the of­fi­cer pulled the speed­ing driver over. The trooper no­ticed an open con­tainer of al­co­hol in the SUV. The man who lives near Re­dondo Beach kept telling of­fi­cers “who his dad was.”

“He made that very clear mul­ti­ple times,” Neu­man said.

Bowlen re­fused to have his blood taken. He was ar­rested at 2:17 p.m. and taken to the San Luis Obispo County Jail. “He wasn’t very co­op­er­a­tive,” Neu­mann said.

When asked what his oc­cu­pa­tion was, “he re­fused to di­vulge that in­for­ma­tion to the of­fi­cers,” the jail clerk said.

CHP of­fi­cials called a judge, who signed a war­rant to take Bowlen’s blood, Neu­mann said.

Neu­mann said Bowlen had a cocker spaniel puppy in the SUV.

The pa­trol spokesper­son took care of the puppy named Duke for a few hours un­til an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers picked it up.

Bond was set at $5,000, ac­cord­ing to jail records. Drunken driv­ing sus­pects are held for at least four hours or as long as it takes to sober up, ac­cord­ing to county records. Bowlen bonded out Mon­day.

Bowlen’s ar­rest was first re­ported by TMZ.

In June 2015, Bowlen was ar­rested in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent in which author­i­ties say he pushed his girl­friend against a bath­room wall. He was also charged with a Class 1 mis­de­meanor for al­legedly hang­ing up the phone when the woman tried to call 911.

At the time, Bowlen also in­voked his Bron­cos con­nec­tion in an ap­par­ent at­tempt to per­suade po­lice not to ar­rest him.

Bowlen’s girl­friend told in­ves­ti­ga­tors he was un­der the in­flu­ence of “whip­pets” — ni­trous ox­ide — and al­co­hol at the time of the en­counter. In the 911 call, she screamed and hung up. The dis­patcher called back and Bowlen an­swered.

“She has had seven beers,” Bowlen had told the dis­patcher. “She is 95 pounds, and she is be­ing picked up by another male who she works out with. She is fine, and she is try­ing to cause a prob­lem. As the blood of the city, I’m telling you right

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