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Donut-spinning driver crashes, arrested on suspected DUI

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A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Thursday morning after crashing into a street sign in Petaluma, according to police.

Marco Padilla, a Petaluma resident, was allegedly “spinning donuts” at the wheel of a Cadillac in the intersection of Western Avenue and Kentucky Street around 1:55 a.m.

Investigating officers, who were on foot patrol downtown due to heavy pedestrian traffic at bars during the holiday week, allegedly observed Padilla lose control of his Cadillac and crash into the sign.

He attempted to flee, according to police, but was detained by officers who noticed signs of impairment due to alcohol.

Padilla was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and reckless driving. Police said he was later found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.26 percent – more than triple the legal limit.

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