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Sebastopol Woman Arrested for Alleged DUI Hit-and-Run Crash After Son Reports Her to CHP

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A Sebastopol woman was arrested for an alleged DUI hit-and-run crash Thursday evening after her son reported her to the California Highway Patrol. Charla Horton, 42, and her son had been in Petaluma and left in separate vehicles before the collision, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said. Horton tried to pass the right side of a 1939 Ford Cabriolet in her silver Ford Taurus on the right shoulder of Stony Point Road near state Highway 116 west of Cotati, Sloat said.

The Taurus sideswiped the Cabriolet and Horton kept driving, he said. When the CHP responded around 5:20 p.m., a passenger in the Cabriolet described the driver of the Taurus as a female with blonde hair, the officer said. The CHP dispatch then notified the responding officers that a witness to the crash said he was following the Taurus and its driver was his mother, Sloat said. Police went to Horton’s Sebastopol residence around 6:45 p.m. and saw the damaged Taurus in the driveway, Sloat said.

CHP Officers contacted Horton when she came out of the residence and she admitted she was driving at the time of the collision, Sloat said. Sloat said the woman told officers she didn’t stop because she thought the Cabriolet kept going. Officers gave Horton a DUI evaluation and arrested her on suspicion of DUI and hit-and-run.

Horton was convicted of a DUI in July, her license was suspended and she was placed on probation, Sloat said. She was booked in the Sonoma County jail on the charges and for lack of insurance.

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