SANTA ROSA – The California Highway Patrol (Santa Rosa Area) issued a public notification Monday about recent arrests of drunk drivers in Sonoma and Marin counties. In each of the cases, impaired drivers were taken off the street before they could subject the public to more harm and damage. All of the instances occurred along or near the Highway 101 corridor last weekend.
On Saturday at about 1:30am, CHP received a report of a possible DUI driver heading southbound on Highway 101 near Rohnert Park. A two-officer CHP unit in the vicinity of the SR 116 on ramp was notified. They awaited the reported vehicle in Cotati and observed it as it passed their location. The officers overtook the vehicle while observing it weaving at 80 mph. At one point the suspect driver almost struck the side guardrail.
The officers were able to get the vehicle stopped at Petaluma Blvd. North. The driver was identified as Dylan Russell, 27 of Forest Knolls, just north west of San Rafael. A records check showed the Russell’s drivers license was suspended for a DUI conviction in September. Russell stopped cooperating with officers after they had noticed further signs of intoxication during their investigation. He was booked on DUI charges as well as a violation of probation and driving while on suspension.
Russell has been arrested several times this year. On November 21 he was charged in Marin County for possessing and selling concentrated cannabis (hashish) and a stolen vehicle, along with a probation violation. He also had additional DUI arrests in November and July, according to available records.
At approximately 12:45 am Sunday, officers responded to a hit and run collision in the vicinity of Dutton and Funston in Santa Rosa. While officers were responding to the scene, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy arrived and detained a man who was walking away from the area. Officers found a Honda Civic with rear-end damage, and about two blocks away they found a Chevrolet pick-up with consistent related damage. Officers also noted a trail of fluids that led from the truck back to the scene of the collision.
The detained man was identified as Severiano Alcantara, 25, of Santa Rosa. Alcantara was found to be on supervised release, and was in possession of the keys to the truck. His license has been suspended since 2007 for a prior DUI conviction. Alcantra displayed signs of intoxication but only would submit to one field sobriety test and refused all others. He was booked on charges of DUI, driving while suspended, hit and run, and a violation of his supervised release.
When Alcantara was arrested in 2007, records show he was also charged with possession of a switch blade knife and failure to appear in court. In March of 2008, he was arrested for burglary and conspiracy, along with driving on a suspended licence and causing injury. He was arrested in September this year for public intoxication.
And at approximately 8 am Sunday, an officer stopped 30-year-old Wilbert Canche-Colli of Novato on southbound 101 at Railroad Avenue. He had been driving his Chevrolet van at 80 mph while aggressively tailgating and weaving through traffic. There were a total of 7 people in the van, 5 of whom were not wearing seatbelts. There were 4 children in the vehicle; 3 girls aged 1, 7 and 12, and a boy of 5. Two of the children were Cache-Colli’s and others belonged to the other passengers.
Canchi-Colli appeared intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests. He was booked on charges of DUI, child endangerment and driving without a license. A family friend responded and took responsibility for driving the vehicle.