Petaluma police arrest two suspected drunk drivers in days before Christmas

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Petaluma police said Sunday they arrested two suspected drunken drivers in recent days, one who registered a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit after being found asleep at the wheel and another who crashed his car into a tree. About 10:15 a.m. Friday, a caller reported a motorist who appeared to be driving under the influence moving erratically on the roadway and then crashing into a fence near East Washington and Wilson streets before parking at a nearby gas station.

When officers arrived they found the driver, identified later as Jesus Vasquez-Tumay, 32, of Santa Rosa, asleep in the car, inside of which they saw multiple opened and unopened alcoholic drinks, according to the Petaluma Police Department. Officers awoke Vasquez-Tumay and performed field sobriety tests.

Vasquez-Tumay registered a blood alcohol level of 0.27 percent on a preliminary screen, according to police. The legal limit is .08 percent.

Officers also found Vasquez-Tumay had a suspended driver’s license because of a previous DUI offense. He was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a suspended license.

In the second incident about 2:50 a.m. Sunday, Petaluma police officers responded to a report of a driver crashed into a tree near South McDowell Boulevard and Anna Way. Officers found the driver, identified later as Sean Sullivan, 23, of Petaluma, outside the car. Sullivan was on probation for a weapons-related offense, police said.

Sullivan registered a blood alcohol level of 0.14 percent on a preliminary screen, according to Petaluma police, and was arrested and booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and violating his probation.

You can reach Staff Writer J.D. Morris at 707-521-5337 or jd.morris@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @thejdmorris.

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