The Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security officers were in a van heading to the surf competition about 5:30 a.m. when they spotted an overturned truck off eastbound Highway 92, sheriff's spokeswoman Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said. The officers ran to the truck and noticed the cab was empty, then fanned out to search for the potentially-injured driver.
About 100 yards away, officers found the man, 32-year-old Ric Dustin Acosta, of San Lorenzo, uninjured but in a state of confusion, Rosenblatt said. The Coast Guard officials turned the man over to San Mateo County Sheriff's deputies, who arrested him on suspicion of DUI after he failed a series of tests.
The San Mateo County Sheriff's Office commended the eight Coast Guard officers for being in the right place at the right time, and for going above and beyond their duties when they stopped to assist, and later detain, the suspected drunken driver.
"I'm extremely proud of the actions these members took and the way they handled the situation," said Lt. Cmdr. Christopher White. "This is a prime example of the professionalism Coast Guard members display in every aspect of their lives."