A suspected drunken driver from Sebastopol was arrested in Larkfield early Saturday after allegedly fleeing from officers who pulled him over for speeding, according to police.
The CHP said officers saw Avikash Dutt, 27, driving 25 miles per hour above the speed limit on River Road at about 1:30 a.m. They stopped Dutt, but he later sped away, crashed and was taken into custody while trying to escape on foot, the CHP said. Dutt was booked into Sonoma County Jail on charges including driving under the influence, reckless evasion of police, violation of probation and hit and run. He was also booked for having a no-bail warrant for identity theft from Marin County, according to the CHP.
Officers patrolling on River Road near Olivet Road first saw Dutt driving a red Ford Escape at 80 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone, according to Officer Jon Sloat. Upon being pulled over at River Road and Laughlin Road, Dutt allegedly told officers he borrowed the car from a friend, did not have his driver’s license and verbally gave them a license number. He drove away as the officers went back to their patrol car to run that number, according to the CHP.
Officers followed Dutt on River Road onto Mark West Springs Road, where he tried to make a left turn onto Pacific Heights Drive but was unable to complete the maneuver, the CHP said. After hitting the curb, a tree and a metal post, Dutt got out of the car and started running north on Pacific Heights, according to the CHP. The officers chased Dutt and took him into custody after he “ran into a bush trying to hide and tripped,” Sloat said.
Dutt had a suspended license for driving under the influence and was on probation for multiple DUI and driving while suspended convictions, according to the CHP.
He has a court date scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., jail records show.
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