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* Robert Northern alleged DUI offender attempts to escape custody from hospital in Santa Rosa

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A previous DUI offender attempted to flee a hospital and California Highway Patrol officers after his latest violation on Saturday, the Santa Rosa CHP office said today.The suspect was involved in a crash on Porter Creek Road just east of Franz Valley Road in unincorporated Sonoma County around 10:40 p.m. Saturday, the CHP said.Responding officers found a 2004 van on its side in the eastbound lane. Officers then began interviewing one of the drivers, 52-year-old Robert Northern, who was receiving medical attention at the scene, the CHP said. During the interview, officers observed signs that Northern was intoxicated, the CHP said.After being transported to the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Santa Rosa, Northern began to act belligerently and was uncooperative with officers, the CHP said.An officer who had responded to the hospital to continue investigating the case placed Northern under arrest, the CHP said. While waiting at the hospital for Northern to receive medical clearance for transportation to jail, the officer continued his investigation, the CHP said.At some point, Northern allegedly removed all of his monitoring equipment and fled out the back door of the hospital, the CHP said. The officer got in his patrol vehicle and immediately began patrolling the area to find Northern, the CHP said.During his search, the officer noticed a taxicab pull out of the hospital parking lot, the CHP said. He followed the taxi to a nearby mobile home park, where Northern emerged from between two trailer homes and tried to get in the cab, the CHP said.The officer immediately intercepted Northern and took him into custody, the CHP said. He then conducted a records check that revealed Northern was on probation for a prior DUI conviction, the CHP said.Northern was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, escaping from custody, violation of probation, driving while suspended, and not having proof of insurance, the CHP said.

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