The victims of a hit-and-run crash in Petaluma Wednesday followed the car that hit them and gave police information that led to an arrest, police said.
A blue Toyota Camry driving northbound on Petaluma Boulevard North near Lakeville Street rear-ended a silver Chevrolet Avalanche, driven by 48-year-old William Thomsen, and then side-swiped a white GMC pickup. The pickup was driven by Joseph England, 21, and his wife who is 9 months pregnant, was a passenger, police said. No one was injured in the crash.
The driver of the Camry sped southbound and England pursued the car while his wife called 911. The hit-and-run driver was driving recklessly, hitting garbage cans and speeding, and England stopped following for safety, police reported. The couple had copied down the license plate number of the car and gave it to police. Trevor Fuhrman, 23, of Santa Rosa was found to be the registered owner of the car and police went to his listed address.
Fuhrman’s parents were at the home and they told officers that they could find their son at a friend’s home on Queens Lane in west Petaluma, according to police. Police said Fuhrman was under the influence of illegal mushrooms and extremely impaired when they found him.
Fuhrman allegedly told officers that he was unaware he had been driving and thought that he was in a video game, police said. Fuhrman was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run and later released on a citation.
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