Garcia's blood-alcohol level nearly three times legal limit

Updated: January 23, 2004, 1:21 PM ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia's blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit during his DUI arrest and he admitted to police, "I have a buzz," according to records released in the case.

A preliminary field breath test showed Garcia's blood-alcohol level at .237 percent -- nearly three times the .08 threshold for legal intoxication, police and court documents released Thursday showed. A second breath test showed a .219 percent blood-alcohol level.

Authorities have the results from Garcia's more definitive blood sample test, but such physical evidence has not yet been released, Santa Clara County prosecutor Lisa Rogers said Friday. That evidence will probably become public during trial.

Garcia's arraignment is scheduled for March 1.

Garcia, 33, was driving a white Lincoln Navigator at 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 14 when police officers said they saw him weaving so badly he almost clipped a curve and stopping for a red light after driving into the intersection, according to police and court documents.

"Jeff Garcia takes this matter extremely seriously," Garcia's attorney, Steven Manchester, said Thursday. "We will conduct an investigation, after which appropriate decisions will be made."

The three-time Pro Bowler was formally charged Wednesday with two counts of misdemeanor driving under the influence with an enhancement penalty for having a blood-alcohol level of more than .20 percent, Rogers said.

Until his arrest, Garcia had a clean driving record. A first-time DUI offender with an enhancement typically gets a 10- to 15-day weekend work sentence, Rogers said. A work sentence includes picking up trash along the highway or in parks.

The law also mandates a minimum 48-hour jail sentence, Rogers added, but Garcia, like most offenders, is likely to be credited two days for spending six hours in jail and "good time credit" for his cooperative manner.

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