April 21, 2018
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Technology High School relocates Community SAIF celebrates heroes Rainfall levels are up – But not yet normal RP cracking down on distracted driving SSU shines at United Nations No future for local karaoke Graffiti threat tests Rancho’s emergency protocol A science guy goes angling Tour bus rams bridge on the way to Graton Casino Drag racer dies Vehicle thefts drops Financial challenges may cause station closures Standing together on gun reform Greenhouse gas reduction efforts RP votes to change commissioner terms Prostitution ring uncovered National Walk Out RP attempting to alleviate traffic woes SSU loses compassionate alumna Crab feed comes to Penngrove Bunnies and eggs come to Cotati Fire displaces RP residents Graton Casino funds to help community projects Correction: Cotati City Council presented with awards for excellence in city budget Every 15 Minutes at the Ranch RP's new municipal regulations will try and curb parking problem Haircuts and meals for homeless Gov. Brown swears in newCHP Commissioner Traffic signal updates Judson Snyder, columnist Cotati to get new park and ride New RP homeless count and SR homeless camp eviction RP residents win Miss Sonoma County and Outstanding Teen TRIO works in Rohnert Park Snyder era ends at age 92 Crash causes small gas leak 53 alleged Brown Act violations Council approves La Plaza park for fundraiser Schools for climate action RP Council votes to extend terms Be a part of history: Penngrove to assemble time capsule Two alarm fire displaces RP residents, destroys home Free tax prep assistance for low income residents Sonoma County reports flu death SR woman killed by SMART train

Drunk driver tries to flee scene

By: Katherne Minkiewicz
February 9, 2018

Last week Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a vehicle collision on Commerce Boulevard and Golf Course Drive, where a female driver of a Honda rammed into the back of a woman’s car, fled the scene and crashed into the front of a police car. The incident, which occurred Jan. 30 around 10:25 p.m., also involved the assault of a paramedic, who was bitten by the suspect, 22-year-old Andromeda Hartwell.

Hartwell, a Rohnert Park resident, fled the scene of the accident when the victim attempted to exchange information. According to a department of public safety press release, the victim was able to obtain suspect’s license plate.

“Officers from the RPDPS responded to the area of the collision to assist the victim and attempt to locate the vehicle. Once in the area, Rohnert Park Dispatch informed officers that the involved Honda Odyssey returned to an address on the 1300 block of Jasmine Circle in RP,” the press release states.

A sergeant then responded to Jasmine Circle where he found the vehicle matching the description. The suspect was driving towards the responding officer and despite activating emergency lights to try and get the driver to stop, the car crashed into the front of the sergeant’s vehicle.

The Voice attempted to reach out to the department of public safety to get a comment on the police car and medic’s condition, however, they did not respond in time for publication. 

 The suspect was quickly detained but became increasingly combative and resisted arrest. According to police, after she was detained she was kicking and trying to get away from officers. The paramedic assault occurred when a Sonoma Life Support Paramedic was helping Hartwell onto a hospital bed.

Hartwell was cleared from the hospital and booked into Sonoma County Jail for several chargers, including misdemeanor hit and run, resisting arrest, assault and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Later that week, RP Public Safety Officers conducted a DUI checkpoint Friday and Saturday evening, where 12 drivers were arrested and cited for drunk driving. The checkpoint was also in place to check driver’s licenses.

According to the Rohnert Park Patch, the checkpoint took place from 7:20 p.m. until early Saturday morning at the Expressway near State Farm Drive. 1,199 vehicles were screened throughout the checkpoint.

Funds for the checkpoint were provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety in an effort to help keep city streets safe from drunk drivers.

According to the DMV in 2013 there were 160,388 DUI arrests in California, 1,197 alcohol-involved crash fatalities and 23,178 alcohol-involved crash injuries.