Man Arrested for Public Intoxication for Walking Alongside Freeway
Photo: 101 North, Marin County
SAN RAFAEL — Zach M. Dangelo, a 40-year-old transient, went on another drinking bender and he got arrested again. This time Dangelo was booked for public intoxication after walking alongside the freeway.
A California Highway Patrol officer spotted a heavy-set man on the northbound side of Highway 101. He was stumbling alongside traffic approaching the downtown San Rafael exit.
Standing 5 foot 10 inches tall and weighing 220 pounds, Dangelo is imposing and frequently intoxicated. He has 12 prior arrests for public drunkenness. Typically, he gets released from jail sober, within a few days.
His latest arrest happened in the middle of the afternoon on February 13. Dangelo kept officers busy for more than three hours, who feared he might jump into a canal to evade them.
First, a CHP officer saw a pedestrian on the freeway, who then hopped over a barrier, onto Francisco Boulevard East. Next, San Rafael police closed off that road and negotiated with him—to avoid a chilly water rescue.
Police kept the road closed to traffic, until Dangelo was finally arrested at 12:21 p.m. He was transported three miles away to Marin County Jail, where he remains housed on open charges.
Dangelo’s charges are intoxication in public, obstructing or resisting an officer, and violation of probation. Bail for his release was set at $2,000.
Prior to this arrest, Dangelo was arrested 12 other times in Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties—for public intoxication.