|Two arrested for simulating shooting at motorists in RP
Two arrests on consecutive days in Rohnert Park is proof people should watch where they’re pointing their fingers and lay off the sauce before getting behind the wheel of a car.
A 52-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and pointing what may have been his hand in a shooting motion toward another motorist on Monday at around 10:15 p.m. A day earlier, a 43-year-old RP woman was arrested on similar charges.
According to Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety report, officers responded after dispatch received a call that a man was in M Park armed with a firearm. The reporting party said the man, later identified as Raymond Larsen, left the area in a white Ford Expedition. An RPDPS officer saw a vehicle that fit the description at the intersection of Snyder Lane and East Cotati Avenue.
The officer then followed the car westbound on East Cotati and into the parking lot of the Wine Country RV Park, where he ordered Larsen out of the car at gunpoint. Larsen got out of the car and lay on his stomach before attempting several times to get to his feet. With assistance from officers from the Cotati Police Dept., RPDPS officers arrested Larsen on suspicion of resisting arrest.
Upon searching Larsen’s car and the surrounding area, no firearm was found, and a follow-up investigation revealed he either pointed his hand or another object that looked like a gun at the party reporting the incident. After noticing the odor of alcohol on his breath, he was also arrested for DUI and booked into Sonoma County Jail.
A day earlier, at around 8 p.m., RPDPS received a 911 call from a citizen reporting a female in a blue Nissan had gotten out of a moving car at Commerce Boulevard and RP Expressway.
She pretended to have a gun, according to a police report, and acted like she was shooting at passing cars. She got into her still moving car, ran a red light and drove westbound on Expressway. The citizen who called the police provided the license plate to dispatch, which revealed the Nissan belonged to 43-year-old Serena Markovich.
Officers responded to the 300 block of Enterprise Drive to see if Markovich had returned home. A short time later, she drove into the parking lot of her apartment complex. Fearing Markovich was armed, officers confronted her in the parking lot of her apartment complex. She refused to submit to their commands and was arrested on suspicion of obstructing/delaying a police officer and violating her probation.
Markovich had the odor of alcohol, and a preliminary alcohol screen showed her blood alcohol content was .171, more than twice the legal limit for driving under the influence.
Witnesses said that Markovich had stopped her car in traffic on two occasions, and had used her fingers to simulate a gun. She pretended to shoot at passing cars and sped along several streets, stopping for no reason, and running stop signs and red lights.
Markovich was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of obstructing/delaying a police officer, violation of probation, and driving under the influence of alcohol.