An April 30 incident at the Lodge at Sonoma revealed the outer limits of human behavior when exposed to too much alcohol. On that day, at about 6 p.m., Sonoma police were called to the upscale resort hotel when guests complained that a couple had begun taking off their bathing suits in the swimming pool while yelling and cursing at people nearby.
When police arrived, they found a 48-year-old Concord man with blood on his lips and so unsteady on his feet that he was swaying and staggering about, while trying to put a cellphone in the pocket of a pair of shorts that did not have a pocket.
Officers gave the man an opportunity to return to his room and he accepted the offer, only to come charging back out again, demanding to know, “Where’s the woman I came with?”
That woman was being interviewed by police, who discovered she was so drunk she did not know what city she was in, but thought, perhaps, she was in Livermore. She refused to provide police with identification, and was charged with being drunk in public.
Her male companion became increasingly belligerent, spit blood all over an officer’s uniform, and was ultimately taken to the ground and handcuffed. He was charged with being drunk in public, resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.
Both were booked into the county jail.
In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:
Thursday, May 8:
5:37 p.m. – Santa Rosa really wants him. Sheriff’s deputies served a “no bail” felony warrant at a residence in the 18300 block of Comstock Avenue. As the deputies approached the front door, the suspect, Valentino Kumar, 29, of Boyes Hot Springs, attempted to flee out the back door, but ran right into the arms of more deputies who were waiting for just such an attempt. Kumar was searched and found to be in possession of narcotics and paraphernalia. He was booked into county jail on charges of felony violation of felony PRCS (post release community supervision), felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Earlier that same day, Kumar was named one of Santa Rosa’s most wanted.
Friday, May 9:
10:15 a.m. – Kick a leg, go to jail. Deputies responded to a domestic incident that was several days old, in the 12600 block of Henno Road. The victim told deputies that her 59-year-old boyfriend had kicked her in the leg, causing a visible injury. Deputies arrested the boyfriend charging him with domestic violence with injury and transported him to jail.
Friday, May 23:
9:25 p.m. – No burger for you. A sheriff’s deputy was called to the Burgers & Vine restaurant on First St. E., where a woman was said to be intoxicated and unwilling to leave the establishment. Upon arrival, the deputy found the woman was across the street, swaying and stumbling around. He approached and asked her to sit down, but she refused, insisting that she was sober and complaining about “poor customer service” at the restaurant. The 35-year-old San Francisco resident, was arrested and taken by squad car to the county jail – but a few blocks before arrival she began screaming and hitting her head against the inside of the vehicle. Authorities put her in solitary confinement until she’d sobered up.
10:10 p.m. – Respect the Pontiac. A man driving a red Pontiac LeMans at Second Street East and East Spain Street pulled over to complain to a sheriff’s deputy about derogatory comments some high school kids had made about his car. But the deputy was more interested in the fact that the a 50-year-old Sonoma resident appeared to be intoxicated. Admitting that he’d had “a couple pints of Racer 5 at Steiner’s,” the man was given a field sobriety test – all while demanding that deputies leave him alone and go arrest those kids – and performed poorly. A breathalyzer test indicated his blood alcohol content was around .16. He was arrested and booked.
Saturday, May 24:
6:59 p.m. – 120 beats per minute. Police received reports of a woman acting strangely near a housing complex at Cazares Circle and Del Rio Paseo, and arrived to find her walking around the area, speaking unintelligibly and claiming she lived there. In fact, the 39-year-old homeless woman out of Santa Rosa, did not live there, and authorities suspected she was high on methamphetamines due to her accelerated heart rate and other symptoms. She was arrested and booked for being under the influence of a controlled substance and for violating probation.
Tuesday, May 27:
10:09 p.m. – For the love of a woman. Police were called to the 800 block of Broadway after receiving reports of a battery. Upon arrival, they learned that two men who had been out drinking together ended their evening with a scuffle. A 45-year-old Sonoma resident and his friend had parted ways after apparently arguing over a woman at a bar – but one of the men returned to his drinking companion’s house and stood outside, yelling for him to come out and demanding satisfaction. He apparently got it after punching his friend in the mouth, knocking him down. The friend, in turn, called police, who cited the assailant for misdemeanor battery.
Wednesday, May 28:
11:01 p.m. – Sweet ride. A sheriff’s deputy saw a man riding a pink BMX-style bicycle along Highway 12 near East Thompson Avenue without any front or rear lights – a violation – so the deputy stopped him. With his disheveled appearance, sunken cheeks and erratic behavior, the 25-year-old bike rider, from Boyes Hot Springs, looked like a possible abuser of methamphetamines, so the deputy searched him. The deputy found evidence of drug use on the man, who admitted to doing meth not long before. He was cited and released.