|Suspected DUI drivers involved in Cotati crash
SR man headed wrong way on Highway 101
It was a case of one suspected drunken driver colliding with another, resulting in an injury accident in Cotati early Sunday morning. The real oddity was one of the suspected DUI drivers was driving the wrong way on Highway 101.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Dustin Troy Loff, 33, was traveling north in a southbound lane on Highway 101 when his vehicle collided with an SUV near Railroad Avenue. Debris was strewn across the highway from the force of the collision.
Loff, of Santa Rosa, has two prior DUI convictions and is on probation. He was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with a punctured lung and major cuts to his right arm, the CHP said. The other driver, 42-year-old Erik Howard Smyth was taken to the hospital with cuts to his head, while his passenger, Daniel Uzilevsky, suffered several fractures, including his femur, ankle, left arm, sternum and ribs.
Smyth and Loff are suspected of DUI. Sonoma County law enforcement agencies began an 18-day anti-DUI campaign on Aug. 17, and it will run through Labor Day weekend. Since Friday, the Avoid the 13 task force has made 44 arrests, 32 of them for drivers suspected of DUI.