Petaluma driver held after crashing, punching witness, kicking police

By Tony Hicks | Bay City News Foundation

Petaluma Police say a reckless driver hit a pedestrian, then smashed into a vehicle, a pole, and a tree, before punching a witness and kicking a police officer Saturday night.

The driver of the vehicle the man hit tried fleeing the scene and hit two other vehicles.

Police and fire units responded at 11:09 pm to the area of ​​Kentucky and Washington streets for a traffic collision.

Once they sorted the mess out, police determined 22-year-old Evan Weise was driving a gray BMW northbound, approaching the crosswalk in the 100 block of Kentucky Street.

Weise accelerated at a high rate of speed, colliding with a pedestrian who was trying to cross the street in the crosswalk.

Weise continued northbound on Kentucky, collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Washington, veered off the roadway colliding with a pole and a tree. The vehicle Weise hit fled the scene causing a collision with two other uninvolved vehicles on Washington.

Police say witnesses tried to render aid to Weise, who returned the goodwill by punching one of them.

Officers then tried taking Weiss into custody and likely weren’t too surprised he was uncooperative. He painstakingly kicked an officer and was arrested and placed into a restraint device.

Police said in a statement Sunday morning they believed Weise was under the influence of drugs.

He was transported to a hospital, as was the pedestrian, whom police said suffered “non-life-threatening injuries.”

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