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Petaluma police: Novato man arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

A 58-year-old Novato man was arrested early Sunday at a Petaluma gas station on suspicion of DUI, police said.

A caller reported a man with a bloody face who smelled of alcohol standing next to his car at 2:45 a.m. at the gas station in the 5100 block of Old Redwood Highway, Petaluma Police Sgt. Lance Novello said in a news release.

Officers found Phuoc Dang, who admitted to drinking, looking at the shredded front tire of his car, Novello said.

A preliminary breath test indicated he had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, police said. But Dang refused to submit to a chemical test, prompting officers to obtain a warrant to take a blood sample.

Police said he was previously arrested three times on suspicion of DUI.

He was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail.

- Guy Kovner

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