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Published on May 27, 2024
Santa Rosa Man Arrested in Petaluma on DUI and Cocaine Charges After Crashing CarSource: Petaluma Police Department

A reckless night on Petaluma streets landed a 22-year-old man behind bars after he crashed his car while driving drunk, police said. Petaluma officers arrested Santa Rosa resident Christopher Arreguin Avalos on charges including DUI and possession of cocaine, stemming from a solo vehicle incident on Saturday evening.

The crash occurred on May 25 around 6:35 p.m. when Avalos, driving a Honda Civic on Sonoma Mountain Parkway, slammed into the median near Mauro Pietro Dr. According to the Petaluma Police Department, he was the only person in the vehicle at the time and was miraculously unharmed despite the extensive damage to the front end of the car. Avalos was found with the vehicle facing the wrong way in the southbound lane, sparking a DUI investigation by the responding officer.

According to authorities, Avalos showed "objective signs of alcohol intoxication" and symptoms of drug use; despite this, he declined any field sobriety tests with officers on the scene. The Petaluma Police Department's report detailed that Avalos was taken into custody after he exhibited signs of intoxication from both alcohol and drugs.

During his arrest, Avalos reportedly resisted and attempted to flee from officers, who discovered suspected cocaine on his person, leading to additional charges for resisting arrest and drug possession. He was later taken for an evidentiary blood draw before being booked into Sonoma County Jail. Readers looking for further details can find the full incident summary on the Petaluma Police Department's website.

Lieutenant Garrett Glaviano is the point of contact for media inquiries regarding this incident, and has provided a formal statement and details that are available to the public. Avalos is facing serious misdemeanor charges, and this incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.