Suspected Petaluma DUI driver flees crash scene, injured passenger

A suspected drunken driver crashed in rural Petaluma late Sunday night then reportedly walked away while his injured passenger remained at the car, reported the CHP Monday.

CHP officers called to the crash on King Road at about 10:40 p.m. were told the driver had fled, reported CHP Officer Jon Sloat.

They found passenger Joseph Daignan, 23, of Petaluma. Daignan had what appeared to be minor injuries and was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital.

The driver, James Rodrigues, 23, of Petaluma was found at his home. He was taken to the local hospital and arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving, said Sloat.

On Saturday night at about 10:25 p.m. a driver on Lakeville Highway near Stage Gulch Road drove up directly behind northbound CHP Officer Greg White.

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