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* Petaluma Man Yash Pal, 45, Arrested For Second DUI-Related Crash

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A Petaluma man with a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit managed to drive home from Marin County on Friday before crashing his pickup truck a block away from his home, Petaluma police said.Yash Pal, 45, was so impaired he turned down the wrong street one block from his home at about 12:45 p.m., Petaluma police said. When he realized his mistake, he tried to turn around and struck a retaining wall and a basketball hoop on Tampico Court, police said. Pal was so intoxicated he could barely walk and was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital for medical clearance before he was booked on suspicion of DUI in the Sonoma County jail, police said.It was Pal’s second arrest for a DUI crash, police said. Pal had been given three years’ probation for a DUI collision in April 2006, police said. His probation had ended on June 5.Pal was not injured in the Friday crash and his name was added to a list of habitual DUI offenders, police said.Friday was the first day of an 18-day DUI crackdown campaign throughout the Bay Area, Sgt. Ken Savano said. Petaluma police arrested two other drivers for DUI at two checkpoints between 5 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Seven other drivers were arrested for driving on a suspended license or without a license. Another driver was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in the car, police said.

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