(Press Release) On Saturday, April 12, 2014, at approximately 8:34 P.M., a California Highway Patrol (CHP) Bridgeport Area officer was requested to assist a Mono County Sheriff’s Deputy with a traffic stop on US 395, just north of Topaz Lane. The deputy had stopped a Nissan Altima for driving at a speed greater than 80 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. The deputy advised the Altima was honking its horn and flashing its high beam headlamps at a vehicle in front of it before passing the vehicle at a high rate of speed.
The deputy conducted an enforcement stop on the vehicle, contacted the driver and observed signs consistent with alcoholic beverage consumption. The deputy requested a CHP officer respond and conduct a DUI investigation. The CHP officer arrived on scene and contacted the driver, Mr. Konstantin S. Zaigralov, age 30, who was visiting from Russia. The CHP officer also observed signs of alcohol consumption, administered a series of field sobriety tests, which included utilization of the preliminary alcohol screening device which indicated Mr. Zaigralov’s blood alcohol content was approximately .14% to .16%, twice the legal limit of .08%.
Mr. Zaigralov was arrested for driving under the influence, his car was towed, he was issued a notice suspending his driving privilege, the Russian Consulate was notified that a Russian citizen had been arrested and Mr. Zaigralov was booked into the Mono County Jail in Bridgeport. Mr. Zaigralov’s passenger was provided a ride to the Topaz Loge, in Nevada, by the Mono County Sheriff’s deputy that had initially made the traffic enforcement stop.