Driver arrested, passenger injured in suspected Sonoma Valley DUI crash

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CHP officers arrested a Sonoma Valley man suspected of driving drunk following a crash that seriously injured a passenger, according to the CHP Monday.

Saturday’s early morning crash sent Gricelda Saldivar, 35, of El Verano to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital on a medical helicopter.

Saldivar remained in fair condition at the hospital Monday afternoon, said St. Joseph Health spokeswoman Vanessa deGier.

Driver Omar Saldivar‑Ramirez of El Verano was arrested after he crashed on Arnold Drive just west of Sonoma. His 2012 Toyota Camry had run off of the road and knocked down a bicycle lane sign, multiple poles and damaged two fences, the CHP said.

Officers were called at 4:17 a.m. to the site near Sperring Road. Neither the passenger or driver was wearing seat belts. A 12‑year‑old in the car wasn’t injured.

The driver, who wasn’t injured, was booked into the Sonoma County Jail suspected of felony drunken driving causing injuries. He remained incarcerated Monday morning in lieu of $100,000 bail.

You can reach Staff Writer Randi Rossmann at 707‑521-5412 or randi.rossmann@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter@rossmannreport.

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