A Santa Rosa man suspected of driving under the influence slammed into two stopped cars on the Rohnert Park Expressway on Sept. 5, fled the scene and allegedly tried to steal another car before he was stopped and arrested by a Rohnert Park public safety officer.
Benito Rosendo Flores-Cervantes, 23, reportedly was driving at speeds in excess of 70 miles per hour when he slammed into a car that was stopped at a traffic light in the westbound lanes of Rohnert Park Expressway at Rancho Verde Circle.
The crash caused the stopped car to rear-end the car in front of it. The drivers whose cars were hit suffered moderate to minor injuries and one driver was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.
Flores-Cervantes fled the accident on foot into the nearby Rancho Verde Mobile Home Park, where a resident there called 911 to report someone stealing a pickup. Before he was able to drive away, a Rohnert Park officer found and detained Flores-Cervantes, according to Rohnert Park police.
Flores-Cervantes’ blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, according to Rohnert Park police. He was arrested on six charges, including violating the terms of a DUI probation.