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DUI suspect flips car in Petaluma collision

A man was taken to the hospital Friday evening and later arrested for driving under the influence after his car rolled over following a collision with a parked car in Petaluma.|

A man was taken to the hospital Friday evening and later arrested for driving under the influence after his car rolled over following a collision with a parked car in Petaluma.

The driver, later identified as Jose Bautista Rodriguez, reportedly lost control of his vehicle before crashing near the 100 block of Bodega Avenue.

The Petaluma police and fire departments arrived at the scene around 8:30 p.m. in response to reports of a flipped car and found Bautista, who police said showed signs of alcohol impairment.

Bautista was the car’s only occupant and the only person injured. He was medically cleared at a local hospital and then transported to Sonoma County Jail.

A Saturday morning press release about the incident from the Petaluma Police Department noted that first-time DUI charges come with an average $13,500 in fines and a suspended license.

You can reach Marisa Endicott at 707-521-5470 or marisa.endicott@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @InYourCornerTPD and Facebook @InYourCornerTPD.

Marisa Endicott

“In Your Corner” Columnist, The Press Democrat

Born and raised in Northern California, I'm dedicated to getting to know all its facets and helping track down the answers to tough questions. I want to use my experience as a journalist and an investigator to shine a light on local systems, policies and practices so residents have the information they need to advocate for the changes they want to see. I’m passionate about centering the many voices in the communities I cover, and I want readers to guide my work.

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