A Santa Rosa man crashed his vehicle twice, left his young children in the car and kicked a California Highway Patrol officer in the face before he was jailed Thursday night, according to the CHP.James Michael Bowser, 37, was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for DUI, hit-and-run and child endangerment, but he posted $25,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court on Tuesday, a jail spokeswoman said. The CHP said the incidents began around 8 p.m. when Bowser’s 1990 Mercedes 300SE struck the rear of a 2001 Dodge Dakota pickup that was making a right turn from southbound Petaluma Hill Road onto Snyder Lane north of Rohnert Park.Bowser kept driving south on Petaluma Hill Road and the Mercedes went off the road and struck a mailbox, speed limit sign and county road sign, according to the CHP.Bowser then made a U-turn and drove north on Petaluma Hill Road until he swerved left across the southbound lane and struck a tree on the side of the road.The airbags in the Mercedes deployed and passing motorists stopped to assist Bowser’s 4-year-old son and 2-year-old daughter who were in the back seat of the car, the CHP said. The children suffered minor injuries and were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.Bowser ran from the area, but witnesses informed the CHP’s dispatch center by phone of his whereabouts.A Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officer found Bowser hiding in trees 60 feet north of the crash site and 20 feet down an embankment, the CHP said. A fence in that area prevented Bowser from escaping.Bowser was arrested and put in the right front seat of a CHP patrol car. On the way to the county jail Bowser became combative and kicked the arresting CHP officer in the face, the CHP said. He was restrained and taken to the jail where he also was booked for assaulting a peace officer. Debra Harris, 55, of Rohnert Park, the driver of the Dodge Dakota pickup, was not injured.
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