The California Highway Patrol said it made 28 DUI arrests in Sonoma County between Friday evening and midnight Sunday. One of the drivers, who crashed into a fence and some mailboxes at a trailer park Saturday, was shot with a Taser after he fled from inside a CHP patrol car, Officer Jonathan Sloat said. The 28 arrests are above the usual 15-20 DUI arrests on a summer weekend in Sonoma County, Sloat said.
The CHP has made 993 DUI arrests in the county to date, the same number as last year at this time, Sloat said. Brandon Ayres Stout, 29, of Santa Rosa, was driving a 2007 Z-71 Chevrolet truck near the Wayside Gardens Mobile Home Park on Santa Rosa Avenue in unincorporated Sonoma County when he struck the mailboxes and fences around 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Sloat said.
Stout was intoxicated and challenged a witness to fight, Sloat said. A 16-year-old girl who was riding in the truck, drove it away and Stout walked away from the accident scene, Sloat said. CHP officers found Stout in a residence in the mobile home park and he was identified as the driver of the truck, Sloat said. CHP officers also contacted the 16-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl in the mobile home who said Stout provided them with alcohol, Sloat said.
While officers were talking to the girls, Stout freed himself and ran from the patrol car. He was shot with a Taser after officers gave warnings to stop and was taken into custody, Sloat said. The girls were taken to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Shelter. Stout was arrested for DUI, hit-and-run, obstructing an officer, escape from custody, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violating probation for a previous DUI conviction, Sloat said.
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