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2 people arrested for DUI in separate incidents that happened in Sonoma County


SANTA ROSA – On Monday, a California Highway Patrol officer said that 2 individuals suspected of driving under the influence were taken into custody in separate incidents in Sonoma County last weekend.

According to the California Highway Patrol Officer Jonathan Sloat, a patrol officer saw a Volkswagen Passat driving too close to another vehicle at almost 70 mph on southbound U.S. Highway 101 north of Mendocino Avenue at about 8:50 p.m. on Friday.

The officer stopped the driver of the Passat who was identified as 60-year-old Martha Curoso and checked her for driving under the influence as she appeared to be intoxicated.

Curoso was found to have a suspended license which was a result of a driving under the influence conviction of last year. She was required to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle she drives but the officer didn’t see the device in her vehicle, said Sloat.

Curoso was taken into custody and locked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving a motor vehicle with a suspended license, violation of probation and driving without an interlock device.

Sloat also told that around 10:50 p.m. on Saturday, an officer pulled over a Nissan Xterra without a rear license plate at Rohnert Park Expressway and Commerce Boulevard in Rohnert Park.

The officer observed that the driver, who was identified as Cotati resident 30-year-old Shane Barling, appeared to be impaired.

Barling was driving the vehicle while his two children, one 6-year-old and the other 3-year-old and their mother in the vehicle.

The police officer issued him a field sobriety test on scene which he failed and he was booked into jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and child endangerment.

News Source: SanFrancisco.CBSLocal.com

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