A speeding driver who plowed into the front of an east Santa Rosa pet store was arrested by Santa Rosa police, suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.
The 2014 Ford Focus struck the front of Village Pets on Montgomery Drive, taking out a front wall and narrowly missing birds, fish, rats and mice kept in the store.
Police and firefighters were called about 9:15 p.m. Monday. The driver, who wasn’t injured, had walked away and was stopped nearby, arrested after officers found drugs and signs the man had been drinking alcohol in the vehicle, according to police.
Jeffrey Dallas Pearson, 26, of Santa Rosa, told officers he’d smoked marijuana before driving and estimated he was moving about 60 mph in the 35 mph zone when he crashed, police said. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail.
Pearson had been northbound on Summerfield Road and instead of turning at the “T” intersection with Montgomery Drive, the speeding car went straight, crossing two islands and a parking area before crashing into the building. Lengthy skid marks indicated the driver had tried to stop, Basque said.
Pet store owner Mona Dada Tuesday said she was grateful the animals, including finches in cages hanging near the impact site, were spared.
“It was pretty shocking,” Dada said. “It seems like he just didn’t make the turn and ran right into our store. Our store stopped him. None of the animals were hurt. Probably scared, but none were hurt.”
Tuesday the pet store remained boarded up, awaiting the insurance process and repairs. Dada hoped to reopen quickly.
Santa Rosa traffic Sgt. Summer Black asked anyone who saw the crash to contact traffic Officer Nick Vlahandreas at 707-543-3600.
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