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Santa Rosa police arrest nine on DUI charges

A man who careened into parked cars before flipping his pickup and getting trapped inside was among the nine people arrested Saturday and early Sunday in Santa Rosa on drunken-driving charges, police said.

Multiple callers reported the crash around 3 a.m. Sunday on West Third Street near Carina Court.

A driver in a Toyota Tacoma pickup hit a parked Ford Ranger, pushing it about 60 feet down the road and into a driveway, Sgt. Lisa Banayat said.

After hitting other cars, the Toyota pickup flipped, trapping the driver inside for several minutes while firefighters worked to free him.

The crash closed West Third Street.

Jesus Valencia, 27, of Santa Rosa, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. He was later held on suspicion of drunken driving.

Two other drivers invloved in crashes during the period were also cited with driving while intoxicated.

Earlier Saturday night, officers were summoned to a head-on crash in the 900 block of Corby Avenue. A Dodge pickup struck a parked Toyota 4Runner and both vehicles sustained major damage, Banayat said.

A witness reported the driver had been drinking. Julian Aguilera Rodriguez, 51 of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, she said.

The third crash was reported about 1:50 a.m. Sunday near Petaluma Hill Road and Santa Ana Drive. It involved three cars, Banayat said.

A gold Ford Taurus hit two parked cars on Petaluma Hill Road, a Ford F150 pickup and a blue Saturn, she said.

Allen Vergas-Fernandez, 21, Petaluma, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

As a result of all the crashes, nine cars received moderate to major damage, Banayat said.

Police cited six other drivers on drunken-driving charges, including two people identified in DUI checkpoints, officers said.

You can reach Staff Writer Paul Payne at 568-5312 or paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com.

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