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DUI driver in Petaluma hits pedestrian, vehicle before punching witness, kicking officer

PETALUMA – Police in Petaluma said a reckless suspected DUI driver hit a pedestrian, then smashed into a vehicle, a pole, and a tree, before punching a witness and kicking a police officer Saturday night. 

The driver of the vehicle the man hit tried fleeing the scene and hit two other vehicles.   

Police and fire units responded at 11:09 p.m. to the area of Kentucky and Washington streets for a traffic collision. 

Once they sorted the mess out, police determined 22-year-old Evan Weise was driving a grey BMW northbound, approaching the crosswalk in the 100 block of Kentucky Street. 

Weise accelerated at a high rate of speed, colliding with a pedestrian who was trying to cross the street in the crosswalk.  

Weise continued northbound on Kentucky, collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Washington, veered off the roadway colliding with a pole and a tree. The vehicle Weise hit fled the scene causing a collision with two other uninvolved vehicles on Washington.   

Petaluma hit-and-run crash
Aftermath of a suspected DUI collision in Petaluma on June 11, 2022. Petaluma Police Department

Police say witnesses tried to render aid to Weise, who returned the goodwill by punching one of them.  

Officers then tried taking Weiss into custody and likely weren't too surprised he was uncooperative. He allegedly kicked an officer and was arrested and placed into a restraint device. 

Police said in a statement Sunday morning they believed Weise was under the influence of drugs. 

He was transported to a hospital, as was the pedestrian, whom police said suffered "non-life-threatening injuries." 

After Weiss was medically cleared at the hospital, he was booked at the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of DUI causing an injury, hit and run causing an injury, battery, and assault on a police officer. 

Police said, by 8 a.m., the traffic light at Kentucky and Washington still wasn't working correctly, and they had no estimate as to when it would be fixed.

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