PASO ROBLES, Calif. — A son of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was arrested on suspicion of DUI and driving more than 100 mph on California highway on Sunday.
John Bowlen, 31, was arrested in the Paso Robles area north of San Luis Obispo about 2 p.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
A spokesman said Bowlen passed vehicles on the median at more than 100 mph.
“He wasn’t cooperative,” California Highway Patrol spokesman Tim Neumann said. “He did make it clear several times that he was the son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen. It didn’t help.
“We arrested him just like any other citizen. He got no preferential treatment.”
He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a drug or alcohol and one count of having a reading of more than the limit of .08 percent of alcohol in his blood, according to jail records.
Several drivers called to report Bowlen’s “reckless driving” on U.S. 101. Five troopers joined the chase, the CHP said.
The first calls came just before 1:30 p.m. on northbound 101 in San Luis Obispo County.
Neumann said when all of the lanes were blocked by vehicles going the speed limit, Bowlen allegedly passed in the gray Jeep Cherokee he was driving by swerving onto the median or the right shoulder.
“We had multiple units looking for him,” Neumann said.
Neumann said there was an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. He also refused to have his blood taken, Neumann said.
He is scheduled to be in court on Monday morning and is being held on a $5,000 bond.
John Bowlen left the Broncos organization last year after he was found guilty of harassment in a domestic violence case in April 2016.
He was sentenced to two years of probation with a drug/alcohol evaluation and mental health evaluation and treatment. He also was ordered to undergo domestic violence treatment.
Bowlen was arrested June 3, 2015 after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend against a bathroom wall in Glendale when she had attempted to call police because of his erratic behavior.
The Glendale Police Department said when Bowlen allegedly pushed her against the wall, she dropped her cellphone and screamed, at which time he picked it up and hung up the connection to 911.
The dispatcher called back and Bowlen was heard on the taped call answering, “This is the owner of the Denver Broncos.”
Bowlen told the dispatcher nothing was wrong and that the unidentified woman was leaving.
“She’s just trying to ruin my life,” Bowlen said.
When asked why the woman called 911, Bowlen said, “Because she’s crazy.”
Later, Bowlen said “As the blood of the city, I’m telling you right now nothing is wrong.”
Near the end of the call, Bowlen was heard telling the dispatcher, “I’m a man of my word. I’m a man of the city, a friend of the mayor. Everyone knows exactly who I am and I’m going through a lot. … She is leaving right now. Nothing is wrong. And I love you guys. Bye-bye.”
After the incident, the Broncos placed Bowlen on indefinite leave of absence. He was employed as a corporate partnerships coordinator with the organization.
Pat Bowlen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and stepped away from day-to-day operations of the organization in July 2015.