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Two-county chase ends in repeat DUI arrest of Santa Rosa man

A motorist seen driving erratically on Highway 101 early Friday morning led authorities on a high-speed pursuit from Cotati to Marin County before he was finally arrested in Terra Linda, the CHP said.

Santa Rosa resident Jacob Henry Shull, 26, was on probation for two prior drunken driving convictions when he was arrested for a third suspected DUI offense, plus evasion, resisting arrest and violating probation, authorities said.

A CHP officer first spotted Shull driving erratically on northbound Highway 101 in Cotati and turned on his lights to make a traffic stop just before 2 a.m., Officer Tim Snyder said.

The officer thought the driver was preparing to pull over when he turned off at West Sierra Avenue, but he instead sped off down Old Redwood Highway at speeds up to 90 mph, Snyder said.

"Fortunately it was dry, and there was no traffic on the road, so we continued to pursue him," Snyder said.

The suspect got back on the highway southbound at Petaluma Boulevard North and continued into Marin County, where additional CHP units joined the chase.

An attempt to stop Shull with a spike strip failed to work, though a CHP officer had his own tire flattened, Snyder said.

Finally Shull exited the freeway at Freitas Parkway and continued westbound into a residential section, where he hit a dead-end and bailed out of the car, Snyder said. He surrendered a few minutes later, and was arrested, Snyder said.


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