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Santa Rosa man's slow driving leads to repeat DUI arrest

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:17 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.

An early Monday traffic stop of a slow-moving Ford Mustang resulted in the arrest of a suspected drunken driver who was arrested for another suspected DUI in October, reported the CHP.

Officer Michael Ball was patrolling on Stony Point Road at about 1:30 a.m. when he saw the Mustang traveling below the speed limit, reported CHP Officer Jon Sloat.

The car pulled into a parking lot and stopped, blocking a handicapped zone.

Driver Margarito Lopez, 26, of Santa Rosa failed sobriety tests. He had a suspended license from the October case and was on probation for an unlicensed driver conviction.

Lopez was taken to the Sonoma County Jail.

A concerned driver phoned 911 Saturday night at 9:20 p.m. to report a possible drunken driver on Todd Road.

Officer Marcus Hawkins was in the area and caught up to the Honda Civic, which was moving at about 80 mph on the southern Santa Rosa county road.

As well as speeding, the car was making erratic lane changes, following too closely and cutting off other vehicles, according to the arrest report.

The driver, Erik Larsen, 43, of Napa, has been convicted of a prior drunken driving charge.

Larsen was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, driving with a suspended license and violating his probation from the prior case.

He went to the Sonoma County Jail.

Early Saturday morning a 17-year-old driver was arrested after crashing on Bennett Valley Road.

The youth was driving another 17-year-old on the east Santa Rosa road near Carrithers Road when he apparently lost control and flipped his Mitsubishi SUV.

Passenger Zachary Benzerara of Santa Rosa was taken to Kaiser Permanente with minor injuries, Sloat said.

The driver, who wasn't named due to pending charges for the juvenile, appeared to be drunk and failed sobriety tests.

He also hadn't been driving long enough to legally have a passenger under 20 years of age or be out driving between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m.

Officers took him to the Juvenile Justice Center.

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