Tulare High football coach Darren Bennett was arrested this week in Visalia on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.
Darren Bennett, 49, of Tulare, was arrested Tuesday night, police said.
Bennett, who has an enviable win record on the gridiron, flunked a field sobriety test, police said.
Sgt. Amy Watkins said police received a call between 7:30 and 8 p.m. about a car being driven erratically in the area of Ben Maddox Way and Caldwell Avenue.
Police spotted the car and saw the erratic driving, she said. An officer turned on the squad car lights and sirens, but Bennett did not stop, police said.
Driving well below the speed limit, Bennett finally stopped several minutes later at Sunnyside Avenue and Ben Maddox Way, about a quarter-mile north of Caldwell Avenue.
When Bennett didn't respond to commands, including to leave the car, police removed him and handcuffed him on the ground, police said.
Although officers could smell alcohol, his behavior made them think he might be having a medical problem, Watkins said. They called for the fire department and an ambulance, but paramedics ruled out medical issues.
After administering the field sobriety test and taking a chemical sample, police booked him into the county jail on suspicion of DUI and resisting or delaying a police officer.
He bailed out about 3 a.m. Wednesday.
Bennett was the Fresno Bee's high school football Coach of the Year in 2008 and has a record of 158-94-1 in 23 seasons, including the last 19 seasons at Tulare, said central section historian Bob Barnett.
Bennett's teams won three Central Section championships, in 1999, 2000 and 2008, and 11 East Yosemite League titles.
Staff writer Nick Giannandrea contributed to this report. Reach the reporter at (559) 441-6104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.