Man pleads guilty for three DUIs in three days 

A Mill Valley man has pleaded guilty to three DUIs in three days in three Bay Area cities – including San Francisco.

Timothy James McGowan, 50, of Mill Valley, is an alcoholic with mental health issues who relapsed after a death in the family, his loved ones told police.

McGowan was busted for driving drunk in Terra Linda on May 17, in San Francisco on May 18, and finally in Novato on May 19, authorities said.

Last week, McGowan admitted to the DUI charges in San Francisco. He was sentenced to 150 days in county jail since he had netted a drunken driving conviction here in 2009.

McGowan, who pleaded guilty to the Marin County drunken driving charges Monday, could face more than two years in jail when he is sentenced Friday, Marin prosecutors said.

In the Novato arrest, a woman reported seeing 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 the woman’s car door. She drove off, called police. Responding cops saw the Beetle making a wide right turn, Hall said. McGowen failed the sobriety test and was arrested.

McGowan’s criminal history also includes four public intoxication arrests in Mill Valley from January to April.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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