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Man on probation for DUI arrested following Petaluma motel crash

A man on probation for driving under the influence was arrested Monday night on suspicion of a hit-and-run DUI crash, Petaluma police said.

Staff at the Motel 6 on North McDowell Boulevard called police shortly before 9 p.m. to report that a man had driven into a sign in the motel's parking lot, then walked away from the area, said Sgt. Ken Savano.

The man, who was staying at the motel, threatened to assault staff before leaving, Savano said. Staff also said the man appeared to be drunk.

Hardy Lindahl, 53, of Greenville, Calif. was the vehicle's registered owner. He is on probation for DUI and domestic violence in Plumas County, Savano said.

Officers found him returning to the motel shortly after 10 p.m., Savano said.

He refused to perform sobriety tests but was later found to have a blood alcohol level of .147, nearly twice the legal limit of .08, Savano said.

Lindahl was arrested for DUI and violation of his DUI probation terms, Savano said.


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