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El Verano man faces felony DUI charges after fourth arrest

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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.

  • Jack Shmollie

    ” 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.” …..I think this guy has had ample time to straighten up .It’s not happening . HELLO !

  • Justincase Weego

    This is outta control. No kidding on the DUI charges. It’s just not in the cards for this dude to get it together. This guy needs to be put away behind bars for a LONG TIME. The system just ain’t right. We have all these types of people that NEED to be behind bars, where there is no room for them because the Feds are telling the Governor to lighten up the population in the prisons. He’s stuck behind the 8 ball because the only way to reduce the population is obviously let some people out, but how does that help the situation? They are actually letting people out of prison, that were convicted of violent crimes, and either they’re going into county jails, or out into the community and not following up on them because they don’t have the personnel to do that with. They are so worried about the prisoners’ rights and the constitution and all of that, that they can’t see the forest for the friggin’ trees. What about all of those victims’ rights? Answer that one. I’m gonna write a letter to the editor, and would like to see some comments on it please. Thanks for your time.