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Derrick Dale arrested for alleged DUI and hit-and-run following a vehicle pursuit in Santa Rosa

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Police arrested a 27-year-old man for DUI and hit-and-run following a vehicle pursuit, collision and foot pursuit early this morning in downtown Santa Rosa, according to police. Santa Rosa police arrested Santa Rosa resident, Derrick Logan Dale, at the scene for DUI, recklessly evading police, a hit-and-run vehicle collision, driving without a license and for resisting arrest, police said.

Shortly after midnight, a Santa Rosa police sergeant was traveling in a marked patrol vehicle eastbound on Third Street, approaching E Street, when a blue Ford Fusion sedan ran the red light at the intersection going more than 50 mph. Police said the vehicle’s headlights were turned off and the vehicle was posing a significant danger to the community.

The police sergeant attempted to stop the driver, but the driver sped from the scene and led police on a vehicle pursuit for about 1.5 miles, at speeds over 70 mph, police said. The vehicle pursuit ended when the driver lost control of his vehicle on South A Street, just south of Sebastopol Avenue. The vehicle struck a curb and drove through a chain link fence separating northbound U.S. Highway 101 and South A Street.

The vehicle struck an embankment on U.S. Highway 101 before coming to a rest, according to police. Once the vehicle struck the embankment, the driver fled the vehicle and ran up an embankment over the westbound state Highway 12 on-ramp to northbound U.S. Highway 101. The driver proceeded to hide in the dense vegetation on the embankment. Officers were able to locate the driver hiding in the area with the assistance of Santa Rosa Police Department K-9 units, police said.

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