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PETALUMA — A driver who allegedly slammed into four other vehicles, then jumped out of her car and fled, shedding clothing as she ran, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Petaluma on Friday night, police officials said.

The saga began around 9:30 p.m. with a report to police from a motorist driving westbound on Lakeville Highway, police said.

The motorist claimed to have witnessed a series of four crashes, according to police.

The witness told police the series of crashes began with a collision, and the vehicle that was hit pulled off onto the shoulder near Browns Lane.

The witness said the driver of the other vehicle involved in the collision then drove over the double yellow lines in order to pass the witness, continuing west on Lakeville and slamming into a second vehicle at Frates Road.

Next, the suspect driver allegedly hit a parked vehicle at South McDowell Boulevard and a fourth vehicle parked on Casa Grande Road at South McDowell, the witness told police.

After the fourth crash, three people fled the suspect vehicle, according to the witness, who told police the driver was a woman who discarded clothing as she fled the scene on foot.

Officers located the suspect on Filippini Way, near Crinella Drive, police said. According to police, the woman “appeared intoxicated and had sustained minor injuries from the traffic collisions.” Three illegal narcotics were allegedly found in the suspect’s vehicle, police said.

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The suspect was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital, according to police. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the Influence, hit and run and possession of a narcotic, police said. She was released on a citation to appear in court due to being admitted at the hospital, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Officer Dave Hutchinson at (707) 778-4372.

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A potentially scary situation was resolved peacefully in Montgomery County on Tuesday morning following reports of shots fired by a suspect who barricaded inside an area home.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, officers from the Montgomery County Department of Police were called to the 14000 block of Castle Boulevard, where there were emergency calls regarding an active scene with a weapon-wielding barricaded person.

The incident led to police calling for all residents in Castle Ridge Circle to shelter in place as they negotiated at the scene.

Officers were at the scene for several hours until the department announced shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning that the situation was safely resolved.

No injuries were reported and the barricaded suspect was taken into custody without further incident. No charges were announced and police did not release the name of the man. 

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