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CHP: Sebastopol crash victim suspected of DUI

A driver seriously injured Sunday in a Highway 101 crash in Cotati was suspected of being under the influence of drugs, the CHP said.

Leann Minadeo, 50, of Sebastopol, was traveling southbound about 12:40 p.m. when her Volkswagen Beetle veered off the highway and plunged about 20 feet down an embankment, CHP said.

It appeared she wasn’t wearing a seat belt, authorities said. Firefighters found her on the passenger side of the front seat. Minadeo, who suffered major injuries to her lower body, was cut free from the wreckage, according to authorities.

She was taken by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where she was in critical condition on Monday.

CHP officers arrested Minadeo on suspicion of DUI and released her to the hospital due to her injuries. She will be ordered to appear in court.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707-521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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