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94-year-old man one of nine DUI arrests

After Robert Kapus, 30, of Petaluma fled from officers during a probation check in Petaluma on Saturday night, he was arrested Monday at his place of employment in San Rafael. He was arrested without incident, and was booked into Sonoma County Jail, where his bail was set at $52,500.

Kapus said that during the probation check, he became scared because alcohol was in his house, and he escaped through the back window.

At 5 p.m. on Monday, officers found a vehicle owned by three-time DUI offender Robert Matteri, 94, parked at the Lucky’s supermarket on Lakeville Street, at Caulfield Lane. Matteri, whose license was suspended due to the DUI crimes, was cited for driving on a suspended license and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

Then, at 6:27 p.m., officers came to the scene of an accident in which a vehicle smashed into the former Mervyn’s building in the Washington Square Shopping Center, at South McDowell Boulevard and Maria Drive. They found that the driver, Gustavo Zaragoza-Vega, 22, of Petaluma, had a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent.

Zaragoza-Vega, who had no passengers with him, was not injured. He was booked into the county jail, and his bail was set at $5,000. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days because he never has been issued a driver’s license.

At 2:35 a.m. on Tuesday, Petaluma police dispatchers received several calls indicating that a single-vehicle collision occurred in the area of D Street and Pinnacle Drive. They found that Benito Diaz, 23, of Point Reyes had been driving the vehicle involved, a 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

His blood-alcohol level was determined to be approximately .091 percent, He was booked into the county jail, and his bail was set at $26,000. The vehicle he was driving was impounded for 30 days because he has never received a license.

At 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, two-time DUI offender Martin Prior, 42, of Petaluma was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license. He is on active DUI probation, and his license was suspended for DUI violations.

Also, on Nov. 12, a vehicle belonging to three-time DUI offender Adrian Lopes, 50, of Petaluma was spotted in the Foundry Wharf parking lot on the south end of D Street. Officers later arrested Lopes and his brother, five-time DUI offender Daniel Lopes, 47, of Petaluma, after they emerged from a nearby bar, where they had been drinking.

Neither of the men had a blood-alcohol level more than the legal limit, but they had been consuming alcohol, in violation of their DUI probation terms. They were transported to the county jail, where they were held without bail.

In another incident, on Saturday at 5:36 p.m., officers arrested Michael Taylor, 30, of Petaluma at his home for violating his DUI probation terms, which stipulated that he not use or possess alcohol. Officers found that he was holding and drinking a bottle of beer and had four additional alcohol bottles in his home.

At 10:30 p.m., officers spotted a vehicle belonging to Bruce Rohde, 32, of Petaluma parked in front of Beyond the Glory Sports Bar Grill, on North McDowell Boulevard, and later saw him drive away.

Rohde’s blood-alcohol level was less than the legal limit, but he was cited for violating his probation terms, which specify that he is not allowed to drive with alcohol in his system, and his vehicle was impounded.

— Argus-Courier Staff

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