A Healdsburg man was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run only a few days after he was in court for DUI charges from a December arrest, police said.
Brett Knippelmeir, 26, of Healdsburg, was placed under arrest after California Highway Patrol officers responded to a call at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.
According to CHP spokesman Jon Sloat, officers responded to a call of a collision on Limerick Lane north of Windsor.
"Upon arrival they located a Ford Ranger that had struck a rock wall," Sloat said. "The property owner stated that he had seen the driver flee the scene."
Officers then responded to the registered owner's address on Limerick Lane, Sloat added.
"The officers noted a dog barking at the open back door of the residence," Sloat said. "After a 15 minute search, officers found a male lying down in the adjoining vineyard
"The male was identified as the owner of the Ford, Brett Knippelmeir, 26, of Healdsburg," Sloat said. "Knippelmeir had injuries that were consistent with the collision."
Sloat said the CHP officers noted signs of intoxication while speaking to Knippelmeir and they began a DUI evaluation.
He said Knippelmeir failed field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest. Knippelmeir was booked on charges of DUI and hit and run.
Knippelmeir was arraigned last week for a DUI arrest in December.