Sonoma State student, 19, arrested in DUI after crashing into Rohnert Park 7-Eleven store

A 19-year-old Sonoma State University student was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he crashed through a 7-Eleven storefront in Rohnert Park on Saturday morning, police reported.

About 7 a.m., Alex Poltoratskiy drove his 2012 black Nissan Altima into the store near the intersection of East Cotati Avenue and Bodway Parkway across from the Sonoma State campus, police said.

Poltoratskiy was the only person in the car and when officers and fire units arrived he was standing in front of the store and smelled strongly of alcohol, said Sgt. Nick Labonte.

“He was calm and complied, despite the circumstances,” Labonte said.

Miraculously, no one was injured, including Poltoratskiy, Labonte said.

“When I pulled up and saw the car in the store I was fully anticipating injuries,” he said. “The clerk told me he had just been on that side of the store doing inventory right before it happened.”

Surveillance footage from ?inside the business showed that there were customers in the store in a minute prior to the crash, police said.

Labonte said after watching the footage he believed Poltoratskiy was not driving unusually fast, and he appeared to be pulling into the parking lot but did not stop in time before crashing.

Poltoratskiy was later taken into custody and transported to the Sonoma County Jail where he was booked for driving under the influence, police said.

The convenience store was closed for repair.

You can reach Staff Writer Alexandria Bordas at 707-521-5337 or On Twitter @CrossingBordas.

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