A Santa Rosa man arrested in a suspected drunken driving crash that seriously injured two teen-aged sisters waiting at a bus stop has a lengthy criminal record in Sonoma County marked with drugs, alcohol and three drunken-driving convictions.
His arrest marks the second time in less than a week that a driver with multiple DUI convictions is suspected of killing or seriously hurting others in crashes in Santa Rosa.
Mike Tweedie, who turned 35 on Christmas, remained in the Sonoma County Jail on $30,000 bail Monday. He was due to be arraigned today on felony charges connected to Saturday's crash on Yulupa Avenue.
That's when his Ford Ranger pickup flipped multiple times and struck the two girls waiting at a bus stop with their father, police said. Tweedie fled the scene, police said, and was arrested later Saturday at a nearby apartment.
One of the girls, Cruz Pineda, a 13-year-old eighth-grader, is at Children's Hospital in Oakland and is reported to be in a coma undergoing treatment for a brain injury.
Her sister, Deysi Pineda, a 15-year-old Montgomery High School student, was recovering from broken bones and was in stable condition at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
Saturday's incident is just the latest accusation of impaired driving facing Tweedie. He was convicted of DUI three times in Sonoma County, according to court records, and completed the county's DUI education program after each incident.
He also apparently has been treated in residential rehabilitation facilities at least twice, in Glen Ellen and Eureka.
In case after case during the past 12 years, Tweedie was given probation, minimal jail time and the opportunity for drug and alcohol treatment. None of his prior convictions apparently involved injuries.
Sgt. Doug Schlief of Santa Rosa Police Department's traffic division said officers "frequently" run into repeat DUI offenders when making traffic stops.
"I would imagine that the chance (of running into a repeat offender) is pretty high," Schlief said.
Various programs targeting repeat offenders are in place, Schlief said, including a citywide list of top 10 DUI offenders officers are asked to be on the lookout for at all times.
"You take one (offender) off the streets, that's good enough right there," he said. "It's better than zero."
But that doesn't mean that most, or even many, repeat DUI offenders are staying off the streets, he said.
"The number out there is so great that it's never ending," Schlief said.
On Dec. 29, 52-year-old Rosanne Starr Webb was weaving in and out of traffic on Highway 12 in east Santa Rosa when she struck a Jeep, sending it off the road, and crashed head-on into a car driven by 77-year-old Beverly Rick.
Both Webb and Rick were killed. Webb had four DUI convictions and was driving without a license on the day of the crash.
Tweedie's first conviction, in 1995 for being drunk in public at age 22, may have foreshadowed his arrest eight months later on a misdemeanor DUI charge.
In that case, he was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to attend the First Time Drunk Drivers Program administered by the county. He completed the course, court records show, but violated the terms of his probation and was ordered in August 1997 to serve 30 days in jail.