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The California Highway Patrol arrested an “extremely impaired” driver on Wednesday, April 15, 2020, in unincorporated Marin County near San Rafael after the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and CHP responded to a call of concerning a driver drove his Mustang through a fence and into a residence.

The crash woke up the homeowner, who took the keys from the driver and went back inside his home to call the police.  The driver then saw the homeowner’s car with the keys in it and he got in it to apparently drive away but instead of driving off he drove into the house again.   When the homeowner came out of his house again the impaired driver attacked him causing major injuries.

The driver was then arrested for DUI involving drugs, battery, and car theft.

On Monday evening, March 23, 2020, a City of Novato Police Officer attempted to stop a driver for making an unsafe lane change.  However, the driver did not pull over and in fact turned around on a dead-end street and attempted to run from the officer and ended up running his BMW into the officer’s patrol vehicle.

The officer pursued the BMW with the help of the California Highway Patrol and during the pursuit the driver crashed and came to a stop.  Once the police officer approached the driver he noticed a handgun and other suspicious items in the car.  After searching the car, officers found more than three pounds of suspected Methamphetamine, Oxycodone pills, MDMA, and Cocaine.   The driver was arrested and booked into the Marin County Jail for assaulting a police officer, possession of narcotics and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

If you are arrested for assault, drug possession or firearms charges in Novato, Fairfax, San Rafael, or elsewhere in Marin County, call an experienced aggressive criminal defense attorney for help.

The City of San Rafael police have arrested a 32-year-old man after a shooting  was reported in the Safeway parking lot on B Street.

According to the police an officer in the area of the B Street Safeway heard gun shots on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, around 11:20 p.m.  Officers arrived on the scene and questioned a man but reported that there were no outstanding suspects and no danger to the community.  No one was injured in the shooting.

This morning, after searching the area of evidence, police arrested a San Rafael man on multiple violations including assault with a firearm, criminal threats and obstructing an officer.

On Monday, August 18, 2014,the Marin County Sheriff’s Department received a call for a domestic violence incident in Marin City.

On Tuesday, August 19, 2014, a Marin sheriff’s deputy saw the suspect driving in Marin City and a pursuit was initiated. Soon after, a California Highway Patrol officer joined the chase which continued for about a mile.

During the chase the suspect, who had a woman and 4-year-old boy inside his car, crashed into another car, lost control of his car, and crashed near Fred’s Place on Bridgeway in Sausalito. The suspect then got out of his car and fled on foot. Officers chased him onto the roof of Saylor’s where he was arrested.

Three customers at Fred’s Place attempted to jump out of the way of the suspect’s car as he crashed but one was pinned by debris until good samaritan’s were able to free him. He suffered minor injuries.

Police arrested the suspect for grand theft and domestic violence for assaulting the mother of his child on Monday night. He was also arrested for driving without a license, evading a peace officer, cruelty to a child, reckless driving, resisting arrest and committing a felony while out on bail for another felony.
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The California Highway Patrol arrested 24 drivers for suspected driving under the influence over the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend in Sonoma County.

CHP officers made traffic stops resulting in DUI arrests for speeding and making an illegal left turn. One driver was also arrested for drunk driving after crashing his car on Heather Land in West Sonoma County.

Four children were in the car of one suspected drunk driver and he will likely also be charged with child endangerment by the Sonoma County District Attorney. A conviction for a DUI while having passengers under the age of 14 in the car can result in enhanced penalties including additional jail time. Further, a person convicted of child endangerment will be placed on 4 years of probation and must attend mandatory parenting classes.

A 24 year old man arrested over the weekend was found to be driving without a license and was determined to be on probation. That driver fought with police officers and refused to get out of the police car. He was booked on charges of resisting an officer and violating his probation.
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26 year old Clinton Mark Dahms of Sonoma was arrested on Monday after driving his van through front yards and hitting a house in a Novato neighborhood.

Novato Police Officers said that Mr. Dahms drove his 1994 Pontiac through multiple lawns hitting shrubs, a tree, a parked car and retaining wall before smashing into a home on Rowland Blvd. Mr. Dahms ran from his Pontiac Van after hitting the parked car an pushing it into the residence.

It took three Novato Police officers to arrest Mr. Dahms after he ran through another home. He apparently did not cooperate with the officers and was booked into the Marin County Jail on a charge of resisting arrest. He was also booked for DUI, hit and run, being under the influence of a controlled substance, battery on a police officer and trespassing.

The case will now be reviewed by the Marin County District Attorney’s Office for a formal charging determination. The charges for which Mr. Dahm’s was arrested are mix of misdemeanors and felonies and if convicted he could be placed on probation with county jail time or he could be sent to the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, prison. Being under the influence of a controlled substance in violation of Health and Safety Code section 11550(a) carries a minimum sentence of 90 days in jail. If convicted in this case Mr. Dahms may be required to attend a driving under the influence program, make restitution for the damages he caused, and attend drug treatment.
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55 year old Arron Joe Perry was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, corporal injury to a child, evading police and DUI on Monday night after leading police on a pursuit from Solano County to Downtown Oakland.

Police responded to a residence in Suisun City after receiving a call from a woman indicating that Mr. Perry was assaulting a family inside the home. Mr. Perry drove away from the residence prior to officers arriving. Local police officers pursued him from Highway 12 to Interstate 80 and through Solano County to the Carquinez Bridge in Vallejo. CHP officers flattened the tires of Mr. Perry’s Hummer with a spike strip just west of Vallejo but that did not stop him. He continued to drive with officers in pursuit until he reached downtown Oakland in Alameda County.

Mr. Perry was arrested without further incident and booked into the Solano County jail on allegations of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon, corporal injury to a child, evading police and DUI. The Solano County District Attorney filed a felony complaint against him on Wednesday. If he is convicted of a felony he could be placed on probation with possible county jail time or he could be sent the state prison. A conviction for a domestic violence charge, misdemeanor or felony, would require that he complete a 52 week domestic violence counseling program.
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On Monday morning a Petaluma Police Officer was responding to a crash around 1:30 a.m. when he was side swiped by a suspected drunk driver. Twenty six year old Keith Obryan Johnson failed to move out of the way when the officer pulled up behind him with his lights flashing and siren blaring. When the officer changed lanes to go around him, Mr. Johnson turned to the left and struck the officers police cruiser.

Neither the officer nor Mr. Johnson were injured in the crash. Mr. Johnson was arrested after the accident and booked into the Sonoma County Jail with a blood alcohol test result of .12%, more than the California limit of .08%. Monday’s driving under the influence arrest was the second for Mr. Johnson in February 2010. He was arrested for a DUI, assault and battery, car theft, driving on a suspended license and violating his probation on February 6 in Rhonert Park.

Mr. Johnson could be charged with a third DUI as he was convicted of driving under the influence in 2008 and placed on probation. DUI in California is a priorable offense for ten years from the date of arrest. As such, anyone convicted of driving under the influence or driving with a .08% or above can have their sentence enhanced if they are convicted of any subsequent DUI in the next ten years.

A third offense DUI can be punished with probation including a minimum jail term of 120 days, fines of more than $2,000.00, and mandatory attendance at a DUI program of 18 or 30 months. The DMV can also revoke a third offender’s driving privilege for 3 years and will require the installation of an ignition interlock device, IID, upon application for a restricted license.
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On Friday October 30th police responded to a call that a Disc Jockey had gotten into a dispute with the owner of a restaurant where he was to perform in the City of Sonoma. Officers were informed that the DJ, 28-year-old Scott Woebcke of Sonoma, had poured a pitcher of beer on an expensive turntable at Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack on Broadway after getting into an argument with the proprietor.

When police responded they found Mr. Woebcke agitated and yelling in the street. They then got word that someone had entered Shiso restaurant on Broadway, damaged some property and attacked restaurant owner and chef Ed Metcalf as he tried to subdue the vandal. Police took Mr. Woebcke to both restaurants and he was identified as the suspect who soaked the turntable and committed battery on Mr. Metcalf.

Mr. Woebcke was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, battery and for being drunk in public. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail. If convicted for the felony he faces the possibility of going to state prison, or being placed on probation with possible county jail time. In California battery and being drunk in public are both misdemeanors and carry potential jail sentences, fines and could result in court ordered alcohol or anger management classes.
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