Five people were injured early Saturday outside a west Santa Rosa night spot after deputies said a woman hit a man with a beer bottle and then intentionally drove her minivan through a crowd standing in the parking lot.
The altercation was reported at 2:38 a.m. at El Rey Night Club on Sebastopol Road near Llano Road, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Sgt. Cecile Focha said.
Emergency crews responding to calls that a person was bleeding from the mouth after being hit with a bottle arrived to find the suspect had plowed her minivan into people as she sped away, Focha said.
The victims, two men and three women, suffered moderate to major injuries, she said. All but one were treated at hospitals and released. Focha said the remaining victim was in serious condition.
Within minutes of arriving, deputies located the disabled minivan nearby at Ludwig Avenue and Llano Road, the sergeant said.
It was unoccupied with its air bags deployed, she said.
Deputies and CHP officers went to the home of the registered owner, 29-year-old Jessica Garcia Leos, who was identified as the minivan driver, Focha said.
After being treated for a wrist injury, she was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, drunken driving and assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury. She’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Deputies didn’t know what sparked the incident. Focha said Leos had been in a relationship with the man hit with the bottle.
El Rey Night Club owners could not immediately be reached Saturday. Detectives cordoned off the parking lot with yellow crime scene tape and placed numerous yellow evidence markers in the parking lot.
Employees of neighboring businesses said five pairs of shoes, presumably from the victims, lay in the parking lot early Saturday.
A woman who identified herself as a bookkeeper at Willie Bird Turkeys said it appeared the victims were huddled together in a circle when they were hit by the minivan.
“I believe they got knocked right off their feet,” said the woman, who gave only her first name, Linda.
She said she heard from other neighbors the woman ran over the people in a jealous rage.
“It was a jealously thing or something,” she said.
Dennis Hendrix, who owns the night club building and operates a chain saw shop next door, said he was summoned to his business early Saturday when his alarm went off.
He found a drunken person vomiting next to the shop who told him a driver ran over a group of bystanders.
Hendrix said the night club has a reputation for being “scary.”
“It’s a rough place,” he said.
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