Suspected DUI driver in head-on Highway 12 crash
CHP investigators Tuesday were seeking witnesses to Monday’s head-on crash on Highway 12 west of Santa Rosa, which caused one driver to miscarry and left two people with life-threatening injuries, according to the CHP.
Officers suspected driver Tristan Taliesin, 41, of Santa Rosa of being under the influence of drugs and arrested him on a felony DUI charge, said CHP Officer Jon Sloat.
The 4:45 p.m. crash happened west of Fulton Road. It tied up traffic on the two-lane highway and forced evening commuters to divert to nearby rural lanes.
Taliesin, headed eastbound, drifted into the opposite lane near Merced Avenue. His Toyota Scion SUV collided with a Toyota Camry driven by Elizabeth Ehrmann-Subia, 33, of Santa Rosa, Sloat said.
Ehrmann-Subia was 22 weeks pregnant and the impact caused her to miscarry, Sloat said.
The woman and Taliesin both suffered life-threatening injuries. They were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital along with Ashley Kontos, 27, of Petaluma who was riding in the Scion. The impact also killed a dog riding in the Scion.
Hospital conditions weren’t available early Tuesday afternoon.
Taliesin was released to the hospital due to his injuries.
Officers asked anyone with information to call 1-800-TELL-CHP or contact officers at the Rohnert Park CHP office at 707-588-1400 ext. 238.
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