Two crashes within minutes Tuesday evening in Sebastopol involved a Monte Rio man who later told officers he’d been drinking and probably was driving drunk, Sebastopol police said.

Andrew Richardson Meade, 49, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, Sebastopol Sgt. David Ginn said Wednesday in a news release.

Meade’s blood-alcohol level was 0.21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, Ginn said.

The first crash occurred about 6:10 p.m. on Highway 12 near the eastern city limits and involved a sedan rear-ending another vehicle with the sedan driver not stopping, according to a driver who called 911. The caller gave a description of a Ford Focus and license plate, Ginn said.

Within minutes, a call to 911 reported a crash in the center of downtown, at the intersection of Highway 12 and northbound Highway 116.

At that crash scene, officers found a damaged Ford Focus and a Honda Odyssey minivan, which had been broadsided.

Ginn said several witnesses identified Meade as the driver of the Focus, which struck the minivan. He also was identified as the driver in the first crash.

Meade appeared to be drunk and told officers he’d been heading home and knew he was driving drunk, Ginn said.

CHP officers, who had responded to the crash outside the city, also came to the second crash and evaluated the man’s sobriety.

Meade was taken to the Sonoma County Jail.

There were no injuries in the two crashes, although initial reports had indicated someone was injured in the first crash, Ginn said.

The downtown crash during the evening commute caused traffic issues, and officers directed motorists through the area for about 90 minutes.

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Shelters for Pawnee fire evacuees

Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake St., Lower Lake, is the official shelter established for people evacuating from the Pawnee fire. It is equipped to handle animals.

The Clearlake Oaks Moose Lodge, 15900 E. Highway 20, Clearlake Oaks, is not authorized by the Office of Emergency Services but is also sheltering fire evacuees, mostly people in campers and RVs who want their animals with them.

There is an authorized Lake County animal services station in an open field at Highway 53 and Anderson Ridge Road in Lower Lake.