Mill Valley man faces two years for third DUI arrest in three days 

Make that a triple.

A Mill Valley man could face more than two years in jail after netting three DUI arrests in three days in three Bay Area cities — including San Francisco, authorities said.

On May 17, 50-year-old Timothy James McGowan was charged with driving drunk in Terra Linda, according to prosecutors in Marin County.

In the following two days, McGowan was also charged on suspicion of DUI in San Francisco and Novato, respectively, according to police and prosecutors.

In the latest arrest, a woman reported to Novato cops that she saw McGowan staggering around a badly parked Volkswagen Beetle and asked him if he needed help, Novato police Detective Trevor Hall said.

McGowan asked for a ride to Burger King, saying he was hungry, and then tried to open her car door. She drove off, called police, and cops saw the Beetle making a wide right turn, Hall said. McGowen failed the sobriety test and was arrested.

After learning of McGowen's prior DUI arrests, Hall asked for bail to be increased from $2,500 to $50,000, which was granted.

"We believed he was a danger to society," Hall said.

After the Novato arrest, a family member told cops that McGowan was a recovering alcoholic who relapsed after a death in the family.

McGowan’s criminal history includes a 2009 DUI conviction in San Francisco, and four public intoxication arrests in Mill Valley from January to April, court records show. His past convictions also include petty theft, resisting arrest and narcotics possession.

McGowan faces up to two years in county jail if convicted on the DUI charges in Marin County, Marin County Chief Deputy District Attorney Barry Borden said.

He could face additional consequences if convicted in the San Francisco DUI case.

McGowan pleaded not guilty to charges related to the Marin cases. A pretrial conference was held Tuesday in Marin County Superior Court.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court on June 8.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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