Two drunk driving suspects found in one stop

The California Highway Patrol says they found two drunk drivers in one car in the North Bay this week.

Here's the Rap Sheet for Jan. 26, 2016: 

"TWOFER" DUI STOP: The California Highway Patrol bagged two DUI suspects with one car stop earlier this week.

It all started about 4:55 p.m. Monday when a citizen reported seeing a woman in a Chrysler sedan weaving into the opposing lane and nearly hitting objects in the shoulder on Dry Creek Road in Healdsburg.

The witness followed the car onto southbound Highway 101, where the car took the Arata Lane off-ramp in Windsor and pulled into the Park and Ride on Old Redwood Highway, said CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat.

There, the citizen saw the woman switching places with the male passenger, Sloat said. The duo then got back onto southbound Highway 101, authorities said.

By then, two CHP cruisers caught up with the Chrysler and pulled it over at Hopper Avenue.

Officers contacted the man behind the wheel, Danny Miller, 60, of Glendale, Ariz., and he told them that he had switched seats with the woman, Cheryl Buahnik, 51, because she "had been drinking more than him," Sloat said.

Miller told the officers that the duo had visited nearby wineries and were on their way to Napa, Sloat said.

Both Miller and Buahnik showed signs of intoxication, the CHP said. Buahnik was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Miller's Arizona driver's license was found to be revoked, authorities said.

DON"T WANNA GET ARRESTED? Don't leave your wallet and ID behind at a crime scene, and don't get caught wearing clothes you stole.

A suspect learned that lesson the hard way early today in Petaluma, police say.

Officers were summoned to a business on the 100 block of Kentucky Street about 12:05 a.m. where a witness reported seeing a window smashed and someone running from the scene.

An officer spotted Erin Costigan, 28, of Santa Rosa running in the back alley of the business and chased him on foot before detaining him on Water Street, police said.

Costigan had cuts to his arms and was bleeding, authorities said, and also showed signs of being under the influence of drugs.

"Costigan was also wearing clothing that he had taken from the store," police said. "Blood and Costigan’s clothing, including his wallet with ID, were located inside the store."

He was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries and was arrested for burglary, being under the influence of a controlled substance and obstructing a peace officer. His bail was set at $10,000.


Berkeley city and campus police are warning the community about two recent robberies in which the assailants were apparently armed with a shotgun.

The first holdup happened about 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, when a man and a woman were robbed near Oxford Street and Hearst Avenue. Two young men were armed with what was believed to be a shotgun. The robbers were last seen running south on Oxford.

The victims weren't hurt.

About 11:20 p.m. Friday, four 19-year-old women were approached by two men, one of them carrying a handgun or shotgun, on the 2200 block of Parker Street. 

The assailants checked the pockets of the women but didn't take anything.

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