CHP Nabs Napan in Rohnert Park for DUI

Patrol officer chasing speeder on Todd Road, Santa Rosa, finally catches erratic driver


At 9:20 p.m Saturday California Highway Patrol Officer Marcus Hawkins was on patrol when he was advised of a citizen who phoned 911 reporting a possible DUI driver.

The officer was able to catch up to the suspect vehicle, which he observed at Todd Rd. in Santa Rosa traveling at approximately 80 mph.

While attempting to get into position for a traffic stop the officer observed the vehicle, a Honda Civic, make erratic lane changes, follow other vehicles too closely, and cut off other vehicles.

The officer pulled the Honda over at Wilfred Ave. in Rohnert Park and contacted the driver, identified as Erik Larsen, 43, of Napa.

A records check revealed that Larsen has a prior DUI conviction, a suspended license, and is currently on probation for DUI. Larsen failed field sobriety tests and was booked on charges of DUI, driving while suspended and violation of probation.

Louisa Hufstader January 02, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Hi Carrie, thanks for asking: "Napan" has long been the generally-accepted publishing term for a Napa resident of either sex. I like its straightforwardness. If we were in Cambridge, Mass., the term would be "Cantabrigian." Now THAT really doesn't make sense to me!
Carrie Mullin January 02, 2013 at 05:03 PM
Oh! That's the first time I've heard that term; thanks for explaining it!
Louisa Hufstader January 02, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I can see why it seemed odd - it's one of those things that people almost never say in speech, but still comes in handy in print. We get pretty tired of the same "Napa Man" all the time.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 02, 2013 at 06:23 PM
It is like berkeleyite.
two cents January 03, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Thank god no lives were lost. Thanks to whoever called. Thanks to whoever chose to respond.


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