Sonoma police beat: Intoxication leads to invasion

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Among the incidents recently reported to Sonoma Valley law enforcement:

Saturday, Nov. 17: A couple residing on Fano Lane in Sonoma were awakened at 3 a.m. by their alarm and discovered a man lying face down on the living room floor. The husband armed himself and held the suspect at gunpoint while his wife called 911, according to sheriff’s officials.

Deputies arrived and handcuffed the man, who told them he had gone out drinking and didn’t recall how he got into the couple’s home, sheriff’s officials said. Clayton Dunkle, 21, of Sonoma, was arrested on suspicion of trespassing an inhabited dwelling and public intoxication.

Monday, Nov. 19: Deputies got a call from Jack London Lodge in Glen Ellen shortly after midnight reporting an intoxicated man who refused to leave, according to sheriff’s officials. When deputies arrived, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol emanating from the suspect, who also was in possession of a knife – both of which were in violation of his probation conditions, sheriff’s officials said.

Benjamin Nalawagan of Hidden Valley Lake, California, was arrested on suspicion of probation violation and taken to Sonoma County Jail.

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