Wendell Samson arrested for alleged drunk driving in Scotts Valley after hit and run

Published by on February 24, 2013

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Scotts Valley police arrested a man on suspicion of drunk driving and a hit and run Friday night after he was allegedly seen hitting two parked cars and driving the wrong way down a street. Callers reported seeing a black Chevy Avalanche hit two parked cars and driving the wrong way shortly before 7 p.m. on Friday in the area of La Cuesta Drive and Mt. Hermon Road, Sgt. David Bell said.

Officers located the vehicle, which was missing a front tire, a half mile away on the 4200 block of Ls Madrona Drive, Bell said. The driver, Wendell John Samson, was found walking along the side of the road. Samson, 69, showed signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety tests, Bell said. He was taken into custody after witnesses identified him and his missing tire was located at the scene. Samson also allegedly damaged landscaping and a city traffic sign.

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