A man’s family members called police when he insisted on driving drunk, and officers later arrested the man outside a St. Peters liquor store, a St. Charles County deputy said.
Kurt E. Zerface, 57, of the 4100 block of Current Drive in St. Charles County, was charged with driving while intoxicated as an aggravated offender and driving with a revoked license.
A St. Charles County Sheriff’s deputy reported that one of Zerface’s family members called 911 and said his family was trying to stop Zerface from driving while intoxicated. When the deputy arrived at Zerface’s home, he had driven away.
The deputy located his car at a liquor store at St. Peters Howell and Central School roads.
The deputy said Zerface was sitting in the driver’s seat, and he could smell a strong odor of alcohol in the car and on Zerface. The deputy said Zerface’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was heavily slurred. When he got out of the car, his lack of balance was noticeable.
Zerface did poorly on a sobriety test and was arrested. He refused to submit a breath sample, and the deputy obtained a warrant for a blood test.
Zerface has three prior alcohol-related driving convictions. In 1986, he pleaded guilty to driving with excessive blood-alcohol content, and pleaded guilty to DWI twice, once each in 1999 and 2002.
Zerface is being held in St. Charles County jail. Bail was set at $50,000, cash only.
If he is released on bond, he is prohibited from drinking, he is prohibited from driving, and he is prohibited from entering any establishment where liquor is the main item for sale.