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El Verano man faces felony DUI charges after fourth arrest


An El Verano resident with three prior DUI convictions in the past 10 years was charged with felony driving under the influence after he was arrested again on July 21.

At about 11:10 p.m., a Valley deputy stopped Juan Echeverria, 42, at the Boyes Food Center for driving without headlights. The deputy called for city officers who have training and equipment for driving under the influence incidents.

Echeverria said he had consumed one 24-ounce beer, but a preliminary alcohol screening showed a blood alcohol level of .174. He later blew a .16 at the police department and was arrested for driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. Because Echeverria had three priors in the past 10 years, the district attorney’s office filed felony DUI charges.

In other incidents reported to Valley law enforcement:

Saturday, July 19:

12:41 a.m. – Sonoma officers responded to a prowler call in the 700 block of Fifth Street West. A resident heard his car alarm go off and heard some rustling outside his door. While on the way to the first call, the officers received another prowler call when someone entered the backyard of a neighbor. When officers arrived, they found a 27-year-old Sonoma resident who was intoxicated. He had been drinking with friends and thought he was somewhere near his house. After determining the man was unable to care for himself, they arrested him on charges of public intoxication.

12:43 a.m. – After an altercation at Steiners that involved pushing a bouncer, yelling, screaming and slapping him, and grabbing a deputy’s arm, a 28-year-old Sonoma woman was cited for fighting in a public place and obstruction, and released after she calmed down.

5:47 a.m. – Officers responded to an attempted break-in at a residence in the 500 block of West Spain Street. After pounding on the door of a residence, an intoxicated man walked away and took a seat on the curb where he remained when officers arrived. The man said he didn’t do anything, but the resident of the house identified the man. The intoxicated man didn’t know where he was and asked if he was on Napa. The 29-year-old San Francisco resident was arrested on charges of public intoxication and was booked into county jail.

Tuesday, July 22:

12:56 p.m. – Officers responded to a report of a man down in the 400 block of West Napa Street. When they arrived, they found an intoxicated 59-year-old Boyes Hot Springs resident lying on the bench at the bus stop. The man, who was on probation with terms that included no alcohol, had fallen, so officers took him to Sonoma Valley Hospital for treatment. Officers were called back to the hospital at 4:27 p.m. after the man refused to leave the hospital. When officers arrived, they gave him a ride to the county jail on charges of pubic intoxication and a probation violation.

Wednesday, July 23:

4:35 p.m. – A resident in the 400 block of Second Street West reported that sometime overnight, someone had vandalized his car, denting the hood, smashing a mirror and the windshield. The man estimated the damage at $1,000.

8 p.m. – A patron of HopMonk reported that he left his locked vehicle parked on Andrieux Street at about 7:15 p.m. He returned 45 minutes later to discover that the right passenger window was smashed and someone helped themselves to an iPad, a laptop computer, a duffel bag and a wallet. At 9:45 p.m., the victim was notified that someone tried to use his American Express card at a gas station in Concord. He used his iPhone to track the iPad to the Baypoint area of Pittsburg.