UPDATE: Suspect Arrested In Fatal Penngrove Mini-Horse Hit-And-Run (PHOTO)
(BANT) – The CHP and Cotati police are investigating say it appears an Oakland man who was arrested near Petaluma on suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning also crashed into a corral and killed two miniature horses at a Penngrove residence.
A vehicle driving recklessly in the 10100 block of Minnesota Avenue around 2 a.m. Saturday struck the two horses and fled the scene. The horses, Scout and Big Red, were euthanized, according to their owner Juanita Carrillo.
Cotati police say they arrested a suspect, identified as Ronald Rennert, 39, of Oakland, on suspicion of DUI after the crash had occurred.
An officer saw a Honda CR-V with front-end damage as it drove past him on West Sierra Avenue in Cotati. The officer turned around and followed the Honda, which he suspected had been involved in a collision, as it entered southbound Highway 101. He says the car was swerving all over the road.
Investigators say Rennert could barely manage a conversation with the officer after he was pulled over and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The officers noticed animal hair in the damaged front-end of the Honda. Police seized and towed the Honda to a secure location.
Rennert did not admit to being involved in a crash, and he was booked into Sonoma County Jail. He posted bail and is scheduled for a court hearing May 5.