Brothers Who Survived Tiger Attack Arrested in San Francisco

Two brothers famous for surviving a tiger attack at the San Francisco Zoo in 2007 were arrested after police found an open vodka bottle in their car during a traffic stop.

Kulbir Dhaliwal, 25, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and resisting arrest, San Mateo County Assistant District Attorney Morley Pitt told KTVU.

His brother, 21-year-old Amritpal Dhaliwal, was booked at the San Mateo County jail on a parole violation, according to KTVU. He was expected to appear in court on charges of false identification for allegedly giving the officer who pulled him over a fake name.

The two were stopped after an officer saw their car swerving on the highway, Pitt said.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the station that the officer smelled marijuana and found the open bottle of Grey Goose vodka.

He said Kulbir Dhaliwal had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10, KTVU said.

The brothers were first in the news after a Christmas Day tiger attack that killed their friend, Carlos Sousa Jr., before authorities arrived and shot the animal to death.

The Dhaliwals were injured in the attack. At the time, they were suspected of taunting the tiger, named Tatiana, but that claim was never proven. They won about $900,000 in civil lawsuits against the zoo.

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