Petaluma man arrested after HW101 crash

January 24, 2009 12:17:23 PM PST
A Petaluma man was booked into the Sonoma County jail Thursday night for DUI after his speeding car crashed into a 1996 Jaguar on U.S. Highway 101, a California Highway Patrol officer said Saturday.

Francisco Molina Quevedo, 28, was arrested for DUI and driving without a license. He is currently on probation and has prior convictions for DUI and being an unlicensed driver, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said. Quevedo was driving his 1998 Acura Integra north on U.S. Highway 101 just south of Petaluma Boulevard South around 7:20 p.m., Sloat said. Witnesses said he tried to pass another vehicle using the right shoulder and was driving between 90 and 100 mph when he lost control of his car, according to Sloat. The collision caused the Jaguar to run off the road and overturn down an embankment, trapping the driver Ramone Martinez, 39, and passenger Maria Bernal, 31, both of Santa Rosa. The Acura came to rest in the center divider of the highway, Sloat said. Martinez and Bernal were trapped in their car for 30 minutes before they were extricated by emergency personnel, Sloat said. Bernal suffered head and hip injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sloat said. Martinez and Quevedo were not injured. The accident closed the slow lane of northbound U.S. Highway 101 for 90 minutes.