A San Francisco man was arrested for driving under the influence early Friday after leading California Highway Patrol officers on a pursuit that ended in a crash in a San Rafael neighborhood, authorities said.
The CHP said the incident began around 3 a.m. when one of its units saw a Buick Park Avenue speeding on Highway 101 in the area of North San Pedro Road.
The officers attempted to pull the car over but instead it sped off the freeway at the Freitas Parkway and onto San Rafael city streets.
After turning down different streets as well as running stop signs in an attempt to lose the officers, the Buick turned right onto Tamarac Drive from Las Pasvadas Ave. and proceeded to Monticello Road. The CHP said the driver attempted to turn right onto Monticello Road but was unable to and lost control.
The Buick traveled up and over a curb, through a posted stop sign, through a small tree, and into a wooden fence, where the vehicle came to rest just feet from a house.
Officers approached the car with guns drawn and arrested the driver – 26-year-old Patrick McGuire of San Francisco. His passenger, 25-year-old Joseph Taoli of San Rafael, was treated at the scene for minor injuries and released.
McGuire was arrested on several charges including felony drunk driving.
Authorities said a check of McGuire’s record revealed that he twice was arrested on DUI charges – once in 2007 and once in 2011.
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