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CHP Makes 2 DUI Arrests in Sonoma County Over Memorial Weekend

Two people suspected of driving under the influence were arrested in separate incidents in Sonoma County last weekend, a California Highway Patrol officer said Monday.

A patrol officer observed a Volkswagen Passat tailgating another car at about 70 mph on southbound U.S. Highway 101 north of Mendocino Avenue around 8:50 p.m. Friday, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said.

The officer pulled over the driver of the Passat, later identified as Martha Curoso, 60, and evaluated her for DUI because she displayed signs of intoxication, Sloat said.

Curoso, a Santa Rosa resident, was found to have a suspended license stemming from a DUI conviction last year, he said.

She was required to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle she drives, but the officer did not find one on the Passat, according to Sloat.

Curoso was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of DUI, driving with a suspended license, violation of probation and driving without an interlock device, Sloat said.

At about 10:50 p.m. Saturday, an officer stopped a Nissan Xterra without a rear license plate at Rohnert Park Expressway and Commerce Boulevard in Rohnert Park, Sloat said.

The officer noted that the driver, later identified as Cotati resident Shane Barling, showed signs of intoxication, according to Sloat. Barling, 30, was driving the vehicle while his two children, ages 6 and 3, and their mother were in the car, Sloat said.

He failed sobriety tests and was booked into jail on suspicion of DUI and child endangerment.

--Bay City News
Dorie McKay June 05, 2014 at 03:51 PM
I don't understand, why people take such huge risks with their lives and others and jeopardize their own lives so seriously. Even if no accident is involved, they will surely pay in spades, to not keep within the law. I guess they think they can get away with it, but they are ultimately caught, after who knows how many risks. This is sad, at minimum, and life threatening at worst. If one breaks the law, ie; driving on a suspended, then is driving drunk after the fact, w/ KIDS in car, it compounds their penalty beyond a first offense which is very costly to them and not worth it. It can RUIN their lives, their income, their record, their insurance, and is so stupid to not adhere to safety and behaving accordingly. I am passionate about safety, for lately this spring, there's been SO many wrecks, esp. on Hwy 12, and it's been one after another. It seems like hwy 12 has become some kind of crazy speedy place to drive compared to 101, and on it, I've noticed many going over the speed limit to such a degree, I can't believe it. Traffic is dense here, its part of the bay area problem, but innocent one's being hit,maimed or killed really is a very preventable thing, if one THINKS, does not DRINK, or if suspended not drive, and keeps us all safe and sound.

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