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Santa Rosa police busy with suspected DUI incidents overnight

Santa Rosa police responded to three suspected alcohol-related accidents in four hours early Saturday morning, including a driver who crashed into a house.

The first accident was reported in the 100 block of Bellevue Avenue at 12:46 a.m. Julio Cesar Fernandez, 36, of Santa Rosa, was driving a 2002 Toyota Sequoia at an estimated 80 mph southbound on Corby Avenue, according to Santa Rosa police. At the sharp curve onto Bellevue Avenue, the SUV left the road, flipped over and landed against the home at 100 Bellevue Avenue.

The beer cans, smell of alcohol and his rate of made officers suspect Fernandez was driving under the influence. He suffered serious injuries, was hospitalized and agreed to a blood test. Due to his injuries, Fernandez was not immediately arrested and a report will be submitted to the District Attorney’s Office, police said.

Two other men in the vehicle, one of whom fled but was later located, were not hospitalized.

At 3:46 a.m., callers reported a grey sedan hitting parked cars in the area of Mission Boulevard and Culebra Avenue, police said. One witness reported that the driver of a Honda Accord was talking on his cellphone and was having difficulty seeing over his crumpled hood, police said.

Officers later tracked down Robert Roope, a 29-year-old city resident, nearby on Montecito Boulevard and arrested him on suspicion on driving under the influence.

Finally around 4:57 a.m., a caller reported a loud bang and someone trying to start a car on Fountaingrove Parkway near Hadley Hill. Officers arrived to find John Calhoun, 20, of Santa Rosa, near his damaged Honda Accord. Calhoun apparently hit the curb at 50 to 60 mph, skidded 60 feet off the road and into some shrubbery.

He was also treated at a local hospital and arrested after a breath test showed blood alcohol levels of .24 percent, three times the legal limit, police said.

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