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CHP Arrests 2 North Sonoma County Men After Traffic-Related Incidents

One man from Gueneville; the other from Cloverdale .

Calfornia Highway Patrol officers in North Sonoma County arrested two men Wednesday in separate incidents.

CHP spokesman Jon Sloat said one man, Jesus Villanueva, 32, of Guerneville, was booked on suspicion off DUI, possession of cocaine and an outstanding warrant for failing to appear.

The other man, Rodney Hopkins, 24, of Cloverdale, was held on suspicion of being a wanted parolee with an outstanding felony no bail warrant.

Sloat said the two incidents unfolded as follows:

On Wednesday at approximately 2:45 p.m. CHP officers responded to a call of a single vehicle collision on Mays Canyon Rd. near Guerneville.

Upon arrival, they found a 1998 Toyota Tacoma that had run off the road and struck a gate and embankment.

They observed the driver passed out behind the wheel. After several attempts to wake him, the driver eventually stumbled out of the vehicle.

The driver was identified as Jesus Villanueva, 32, of Guerneville, and he denied having been drinking. Villanueva failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

A records check revealed that Villanueva had just been released from probation in June for a previous DUI conviction, and was arrested for another DUI violation in November.

Officers also found that Villanueva had an outstanding $50,000 warrant for failing to appear in court for a third DUI arrest in 2010. A small amount of cocaine was found in the Toyota. 

At 4:10 p.m. Officer Kimberly Lemons was on patrol on in Cloverdale on South Cloverdale Boulevard.

The officer observed a Chevrolet sedan pass her location and noticed that the male passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. The officer made an enforcement stop on the vehicle and contacted the occupants.

The passenger was identified as Rodney Hopkins, 24, of Cloverdale. A records check revealed that Hopkins was a wanted parolee with an outstanding felony no bail warrant. Hopkins was placed under arrest and booked into the Sonoma County Jail.

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