A man on probation for a previous drunken-driving conviction was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of once more driving under the influence after he rear-ended a stopped car in Petaluma.
Carlos Sebastian Arana-Reyes, 40, of Petaluma, first attracted attention about 8:25 p.m. Wednesday when his vehicle remained stopped after a traffic signal turned green at East Washington and Payran streets.
“Witnesses observed that Arana-Reyes appeared to be passed out behind the wheel,” according to a press release issued Thursday by Petaluma Police Sgt. Rick Cox.
A bystander approached the car, Arana-Reyes woke up and resumed driving west on East Washington. Cars before him stopped for a red light at the intersection with Petaluma Boulevard North, but “Arana-Reyes did not slow for the stopped traffic,” Cox wrote. Instead, his vehicle struck the one in front of him, which then collided with another.
A 13-year-old child in the vehicle Arana-Reyes struck suffered minor injuries and was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital for treatment, Cox wrote.
When police officers arrived, they “could smell the odor of alcohol” on Arana-Reyes’ breath, Cox wrote. They arrested him on suspicion of operating his vehicle while intoxicated. He submitted to a blood-alcohol test, for which the results weren’t immediately available.
After determining that Arana-Reyes was on probation for a previous DUI conviction, Cox wrote, officers booked him into the Sonoma County Jail on $100,000 bail.
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North Coast drug test failures rising
Drugs were detected in 5.15 percent of urine tests conducted last year for employers on California’s North Coast, up from 4.38 percent in 2012.
3.36% - Marijuana metabolite
0.75% - Amphetamine
0.69% - Methamphetamine
0.58% - Opiates
0.16% - Cocaine metabolite
5.15% - Total for all drugs
Note: Heroin and phencyclidine (PCP) detections rates were too small to be included.
Source: Quest Diagnostics