A surge in drunken driving arrests occurred throughout Sonoma County during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend the CHP reported Monday.

Officers arrested 35 people, compared to 23 in the same period in 2009, said Officer Jon Sloat.

Of the 35 arrests this year, 32 were drivers suspected of being drunk.

One case involved a Lincoln man seen beating a woman in his car, with his two young children in the back seat, a one-year-old boy and two-year-old girl, Sloat said.

Officer Jeremy Holeman made the arrest after stopping Saturday night to check on a car parked along Lakeville Highway with its hazard lights blinking.

As Holeman walked to the car he saw a woman standing at the open back passenger door, attending the children. The officer then saw the driver turn to the back seat and begin pummeling the woman with his fists, Sloat said.

The officer ran to help the woman and before he got there the man had hit her about 10 times.

Holeman restrained the driver while other officers arrived to help.

They arrested Constantino Lopez, 23 on suspicion of drunken driving, felony child endangerment misdemeanor domestic violence and driving without a license.

The man already has two convictions for being an unlicensed driver.

He remained in Sonoma County Jail Monday without bail due to an immigration check of his resident status, according to jail records.

Sunday morning at about 3 a.m. officers patrolling in southern Santa Rosa saw flashing lights near the side of a building and stopped to investigate.

They found a man inside a Toyota hatchback, parked near Santa Rosa Avenue and Kawana Springs Road.

The man told officers Patrick Naves and Nicholas Herman he was working on the car. But they determined it appeared the man was in the act of burglarizing the car.

They arrested Harlee Matthaeus, 40, of Santa Rosa on suspicion of burglary, attempted car theft, possessing burglary tools and for violating his probation from a prior conviction.

Matthaeus remained in custody Monday in lieu of $36,000