Boy, 16, suspected of DUI in fiery rollover crash on Highway 121 in rural Sonoma County

A 16-year-old boy was arrested early Tuesday, suspected of driving under the influence after a fiery crash on a rural Sonoma County highway.

CHP officers responded to a report of a solo rollover crash at about 3:40 a.m. on Highway 121 near Viansa Sonoma Winery in Sonoma, Marc Renspurger, an officer with Napa CHP said.

The driver, whom law enforcement declined to name because he is a minor, had “minor injuries” from the crash, Renspurger said. Law enforcement did not request an ambulance.

Matt Garner, captain with the Shell-Vista Fire District, said the driver’s vehicle, a black Acura, was fully engulfed in flames when a responding unit arrived.

Traffic was halted in both directions on the two-lane highway from about 4 a.m. until 5:23 a.m., Renspurger said, while a tow truck removed the vehicle from the scene.

You can reach Staff Writer Kaylee Tornay at 707-521-5250 or On Twitter @ka_tornay.

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