A San Rafael man was charged with his fourth DUI in less than 10 years after allegedly backing into a car outside a liquor store that refused to sell him more alcohol.

David Duran-Arias, 41, was arraigned Wednesday on four counts related to drunken driving and driving with a suspended license. He could face up to four years in state prison, said Deputy District Attorney Kevin O'Hara.

Duran-Arias pleaded not guilty. He remains in custody in lieu of $135,000 bail.

The collision occurred at about 12:15 p.m. Monday in the parking lot of Al's Liquors on Medway Road. Police said a man backed a Dodge pickup truck into a woman's car as she was pulling into the lot.

San Rafael police arrived to find the alleged driver outside the truck, urinating on the front grill and swaying from side to side, said police spokeswoman Margo Rohrbacher.

The driver was identified as Duran-Arias and booked into Marin County Jail.

The suspect was in the store at about 10:30 that morning, when he bought four 24-ounce cans of Budweiser Clamato Chelada, said owner Amman Damani. The beverage is a 10-proof blend of beer, tomato juice, clam juice and seasonings.

Damani said the same man drove back into the parking lot about 45 minutes later, parked and apparently fell asleep. Over the next 45 minutes or so, Damani said he went out to rap on the window and demand that the man leave.


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After the second time, the suspect came into the store and tried to buy more liquor. Damani refused to serve him.

"I said, 'You already drank too much. I could lose my license,'" Damani said. "He said, 'You're tripping.' I said, 'I'm not tripping.'"

After some abusive comments to Damani, the man left the liquor store. The store called police.

Surveillance video from the store shows the truck slowly backing up across the parking lot. Another car entered the lot and stopped in the driveway as the truck approached. The truck kept backing up until it collided with the car at a low speed.

Duran-Arias was convicted of DUI in 2003, 2005 and 2010, all in Marin County, according to the district attorney's office.

Contact Gary Klien via email at gklien@marinij.com