Tiger Mauling Victim Arrested on Coke Charges

One of the two brothers mauled by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day 2007 is making headlines again.

Kulbir Dhaliwal and his brother, Amritpal, were with Carlos Sousa on the day Tatiana the Siberian tiger somehow escaped her enclosure at the zoo and attacked the trio. Sousa died as a result of the attack and the Dhaliwal brothers got a $900,000 settlement from the zoo.

Some of that settlement money went to buy drugs, or so it would seem.

For the second time in two years, Kulbir was arrested. This time it was for suspicion of  felony possession of three grams of cocaine and being under the influence of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

San Jose State University police stopped a car that was heading the wrong way on San Fernando Street at about 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, university police Sgt. John Laws said.

Police arrested the driver, Tarlok Dhaliwal, for suspicion of driving under the influence. They thought the passenger, Kulbir, was also under the influence. Kulbir had a three grams of cocaine in a yellow baggie, Laws said. Tests results to see if Kulbir was high at the time of the arrest are pending.

The driver, Tarlok Dhaliwal, was not arrested. His relation to the brothers, if any, is unknown.

Police stopped Kulbir and a friend in 2007 for suspicion of drunken driving. When police tried to cuff him, he became uncooperative and they had to forcibly restrain him, police said.

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