Sonoma County Man Charged With DUI After Police Stand Off on Hwy 101 – NBC Bay Area

Sonoma County Man Charged With DUI After Police Stand Off on Hwy 101 - NBC Bay Area
US-101 near Santa Rosa reopens after police standoff on highway
Highway 101 in Santa Rosa reopened several hours after a pursuit turned into a police stand off early Sunday morning. 

At around 6:22 a.m., Santa Rosa California Highway Patrol was along southbound US-101 in Geyserville when a white Honda Civic refused to stop and drove around a closure. The vehicle then struck a motor officer and a pursuit ensued, CHP Santa Rosa said.

Officers found Oneill and the baby lying next to one another on the floor of the back bedroom of the house on Darek Drive, a short street that runs south off West Third Street west of Stony Point Road, Lt. Dan Marincik said earlier Saturday.

The vehicle sped and drove away going at over 100 mph on the highway and it finally came to a stop after a Sonoma sheriff used a spike strip at Shiloh Rd to stop the vehicle.

Patrick Oneill, who was hospitalized with what police initially said were life-threatening injuries, will be booked into jail once he is cleared from the hospital, police said in a statement Saturday night.

The pursuit was followed by a police stand off after the driver, identified as Eric Van Gelder, refused to exit his vehicle. 

A 13-month-old boy was declared dead Saturday afternoon at a home in Santa Rosa and a 29-year-old man found unconscious next to the boy was arrested on suspicion of murder, Santa Rosa police said.

Video: Raw Video: Police Standoff Forces Closure of Highway 101 in Santa Rosa

After a failed attempt at negotiations, SWAT teams arrived to the scene at the highway to assist, CHP said. 

According to Santa Rosa CHP, US-101 northbound reopened at 9:18 a.m. and US-101 southbound was reopened at 9:31 a.m.

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Highway 101 near Santa Rosa was closed in both directions due to a police standoff on the highway on Sunday morning.

Officers found items consistent with narcotic use inside the home, and Marincik declined to elaborate, saying that evidence was still being collected.

“Occupants of the pursued vehicle are refusing to exit the vehicle and a standoff continues,” they tweeted a little after 7:30 a.m. Sunday.

There were no signs of violence in the house, but officers found signs of recent drug use next to where the child was discovered, the statement said.

The highway was closed between River Road and Airport Blvd for over two hours. At 9:40 a.m., CHP Santa Rosa tweeted that one suspect was in custody and the highway was reopening.

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