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Trio of suspected repeat drunken drivers arrested after county crashes

Three Sonoma County men, all with prior drunken driving convictions and current probation or license suspensions, were arrested Wednesday after separate, alcohol-related crashes, the CHP said.

They included Evan Little, 34, of Rohnert Park; George Wacuka, 22, of Santa Rosa; and Petaluma resident Robert Kind, Jr., 46, Officer Jon Sloat said.

Sloat said it was lucky no one else was hurt in the process.

Each of the suspects was involved in a single-vehicle crash, beginning at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, when Little struck a tree, then a trailer and finally a fence at West Sierra Avenue and West School Street in Cotati, the CHP said.

A Cotati police officer responding to a bar after a report of a belligerent patron there reportedly saw Little's Chevy Silverado pickup traveling 50 mph in a 25 mph-zone before the crash, Sloat said.

He was taken with undisclosed injuries to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where CHP officers contacted him and arrested him even though he refused to perform field sobriety tests, Sloat said. In addition to appearing to be under the influence, Little has probation conditions that prohibit him from drinking or patronizing bars, the CHP said.

Officers working Wednesday night went out to Memorial Hospital again for another combative suspect - Wacuka — whose last conviction was in January, Sloat said.

Wacuka had been driving on northbound Highway 101 when he crashed into the attenuator barrels at the on-ramp to Baker Avenue at 8:40 p.m., the CHP said.

He was to be arrested for suspected drunken driving and driving with a suspended license, the CHP said.

At 10:30 p.m., Kind's Toyota Tacoma pickup ran off Western Avenue and struck a tree and a fence at Chapman Lane outside Petaluma, the CHP said.

Officers who responded to the crash detained Kind as he was walking away from the scene and arrested him for suspected drunken driving and violation of probation in connection with a February drunken driving conviction, the CHP said.


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