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Suspected Petaluma DUI driver flees crash scene, injured passenger

A suspected drunken driver crashed in rural Petaluma late Sunday night then reportedly walked away while his injured passenger remained at the car, reported the CHP Monday.

CHP officers called to the crash on King Road at about 10:40 p.m. were told the driver had fled, reported CHP Officer Jon Sloat.

They found passenger Joseph Daignan, 23, of Petaluma. Daignan had what appeared to be minor injuries and was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital.

The driver, James Rodrigues, 23, of Petaluma was found at his home. He was taken to the local hospital and arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving, said Sloat.

On Saturday night at about 10:25 p.m. a driver on Lakeville Highway near Stage Gulch Road drove up directly behind northbound CHP Officer Greg White.

The officer saw the driver weave into a turn lane then cross double yellow lines, Sloat reported.

White pulled over, let the Honda pass, than pulled over the Honda driver.

David Quiroz, 29, of Petaluma appeared to be drunk and failed sobriety tests, Sloat said.

His three children, ages 2, 7 and 8, were in the car and weren't properly restrained, Sloat said.

Quiroz was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment and drunken driving. The children were turned over to family.


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