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Santa Rosa high-speed chase ends in two injuries, one arrest

A Santa Rosa man suspected of driving under the influence led police on a high-speed chase through Santa Rosa that sent one victim to the hospital. early Wednesday.

Just before 2 a.m., Santa Rosa Police Officer Jeff Woods spotted a white Chevy truck driving recklessly near Cleveland and Jennings avenues.

As Woods tried to catch up to the car, the truck struck two parked cars and kept going, according to a press release.

Woods sped after the truck with sirens blaring and lights flashing. But the truck didn't stop until it reached Cleveland Avenue and West 9th Street, where it ran a red light and crashed into a green Ford Expedition in the intersection.

The suspect tried to flee the scene on foot, but Woods caught up to him, police said.

The driver of the Ford Expedition, James Gonnella, 42, of Santa Rosa, was taken to a hospital for serious but non life-threatening injuries.

The suspect driver, Cesar Rodriguez, 22, of Santa Rosa, was taken to the hospital for minor injuries and then was booked at Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI, felony evasion of a police officer, felony hit and run and driving without a valid driver's license. Rodriguez also faced additional charges for the parked cars he was suspected to have hit.

Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Bob Kopriva at 543-3636.


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