Surge in Petaluma DUI arrests, crashes on holiday weekend

St. Patrick's Day weekend revelry in Petaluma added to a surge in drunken-driving arrests and crashes, including a suspected drunken driver who hit a pedestrian and didn't stop, police reported Sunday.

The suspect, who was arrested a few blocks away, had been convicted last spring of drunken driving and was traveling with beer poured into a coffee mug, Petaluma traffic Sgt. Ken Savano said.

The 6:15 p.m. crash was in downtown Petaluma at Petaluma Boulevard North at Washington Street.

It was the first of three Petaluma collisions overnight involving suspected drunken drivers and the first of four such arrests.

Due to the holiday, extra police officers were on duty throughout the county, focusing on drunken driving and other alcohol-related issues.

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