Police: DUI driver hits Rohnert Park police car, bites paramedic

A Rohnert Park woman driving drunk Monday night crashed into two vehicles, including a police car, kicked at officers and bit a paramedic, according to police.

Officers arrested Andromeda Hartwell, 22, suspecting she was intoxicated at the time of the late-night crashes.

The first was at 10:25 p.m. in the intersection of Commerce Boulevard and Golf Course Drive. A woman called police to say her car had been struck by a gray Honda Odyssey whose driver began to exchange information then drove away.

The victim gave officers a license plate, leading to a Rohnert Park address on Jasmine Circle. As a sergeant arrived on the street he saw the approaching van and put on his emergency lights to stop the driver. She collided with the front of the police vehicle, according to officials.

Officers took Hartwell into custody, saying she kicked at them and struggled to get away. Her passenger, Sergio Johnston, 34, of Santa Rosa was wanted on a no-bail warrant for violating parole and was taken to the Sonoma County Jail.

Hartwell was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation and as she was being lifted to a hospital bed she bit a paramedic, according to police.

After she was cleared, officers booked her into the jail on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest, assaulting the paramedic and misdemeanor hit-and-run. Her bail was set at $10,000.

-Randi Rossmann

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