Woman hospitalized, arrested in Petaluma DUI crash

The "Follow This Story" feature will notify you when any articles related to this story are posted.

When you follow a story, the next time a related article is published — it could be days, weeks or months — you'll receive an email informing you of the update.

If you no longer want to follow a story, click the "Unfollow" link on that story. There's also an "Unfollow" link in every email notification we send you.

This tool is available only to subscribers; please make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.

Please note: This feature is available only to subscribers; make sure you're logged in if you want to follow a story.


Petaluma Police say a woman arrested for suspicion of felony drunken driving reportedly fell down trying to get into her car at a local pizza parlor before driving off and causing a collision just three blocks away.

Police estimated Ambu Lara Ford?s blood-alcohol level at six times the legal limit after she downed a drink in the Round Table Pizza parking lot Tuesday evening and collided with two cars on East Washington Street.

A woman who saw Ford, 40, finish her drink and then fall to the ground before climbing into her Honda Accord tried to convince her not to drive, without success, police said.

The woman?s cell phone call to the CHP was being routed to police when numerous other 911 callers reported the ensuing 7:44 p.m. crash, police said.

Authorities say Ford, a Petaluma resident, was at East Washington Street and Sonoma Mountain Parkway when she drove into the rear of two cars stopped for a red light.

One other driver was treated for injuries at a local hospital, and then released, police said.

Ford was admitted to the hospital because of her high level of intoxication, police said.

Preliminary tests indicated her blood-alcohol level was 0.50 percent - more than six times the 0.08 percent level at which it is illegal to drive in California, police said.

She was arrested for suspicion of felony drunken driving and cited to appear in court, rather than going to jail, because she was hospitalized, police said.

The case remains under investigation, police said.

Show Comment

Our Network

Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Emerald Report
Spirited Magazine