Hollister Police arrest drunk car thief

HOLLISTER, Calif. - A 46-year-old man was caught drunk driving inside a stolen vehicle.

According to the Hollister Police Department, officers responded to a report of a car theft at a Quick Stop Gas Station at 10 San Felipe Road on October 8. A white 1996 Nissan Sentra was taken from the lot around 12:02 a.m. Police said the car was left unlocked with the engine running when Jose Eduardo Garcia allegedly took it.

Minutes later officers found Garcia and the stolen car in the back of the Los Cautes Market parking lot at 220 San Felipe Road. The Nissan Sentra was recovered and returned to the owner.

During the investigation, officers found Garcia was a parolee on early release from prison and suspected he had been driving the stolen car while drunk.

Garcia was arrested and booked at the San Benito County Jail.

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