DUID Suspect Leads Police on a 100 mph Chase


Early Monday, Santa Rosa police arrested a Windsor man suspected of driving under the influence of drugs and taking officers on a 100 mile per hour chase into Santa Rosa.

According to Santa Rosa Police Sergeant Chris Mahurin, at approximately 12:55 a.m. Monday, Danne James Petras, 38, took the Steele Lane exit off Highway 101 and ran a red light in front of a Santa Rosa police officer at the intersection.

The officer attempted to pull over Petras, but the driver ran two more red lights and got up to a speed of 100 miles per hour on Guerneville Road to evade the officer.

Petras made a left on Ridley Avenue and entered a residential neighborhood. He ditched his Range Rover on Greeneich Avenue, then fled his vehicle. Petras was apprehended after a brief foot chase and short struggle.

Officers suspected he was under the influence of methamphetamine and arrested Petras on suspicion of felony evading arrest, misdemeanor DUI and obstruction.

Petras was taken to a nearby hospital for a medical evaluation and then booked into the Sonoma County Jail. Bail was set at $20,000.

Petras was charged with driving under the influence of drugs (DUID), which differs greatly from the typical alcohol-related DUIs. Learn more about the differences here.

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