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Wrong-Way Driver Causes Crash on 101

San Diego man driving south in the northbound lane arrested on suspicion of DUI after striking a Petaluma woman who was heading north.

A wrong-way driver suspected of driving drunk caused a head-on collision early Christmas morning on Highway 101 between Novato and Petaluma, the California Highway Patrol said.

A 58-year-old Petaluma woman sustained moderate injuries when her northbound car struck the wrong-way driver coming southbound in the northbound lanes at 4:06 a.m, according to CHP Sgt. Kevin Briggs.

The crash took place just south of the Redwood Landfill, about 2 1/2 miles north of the Novato city limits. The wrong-way driver, identified as Champin Chen, 30, of San Diego, suffered minor injuries. The other driver, Janice Morante of Petaluma, had injuries described as moderate.

Both drivers were able to get out of their vehicles on their own, Novato Fire District Battalion Chief Gerald McCarthy said. They were transported to Marin General Hospital.

After the collision in the No. 1 northbound lane, Morante's 2004 Nissan careened into the grass and hit the center divider. Chen's 2008 Mazda ended up straddling the right shoulder and the slow lane.

Chen was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Briggs said.

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Sandi Melia December 26, 2012 at 03:51 PM
@ Old N. Grouchy, EXCUSE ME I did read the entire article, all be it without my reading glasses on & quickly. I NEVER SAID JANICE, I miistook Champin Chin 30 of San Diego for a woman! I neither lied or anything else. I made a simple mistake. Male or female my opinion is unchanged. You are Old N. Grouchy! If I had told the whole of what I was thinking I would have mentioned that my best friend lost her father on that same stretch of road ,for the same reason 35 yrs ago! You are not the only Grouchy one, I am pissed off & sick of DRUNK DRIVERS. I think your anger is misplaced, what my comment hit a lil close to hm? You retread the article! Dah.
Sandi Melia December 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
P.S. Reading back tru the comments I see many people were missing the part about DUI. I don't care if the driver is Male or Female, DUI's oft leave innocent people dead.
Sandi Melia December 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Sorry, not funny.
Novato man December 26, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Countries like Sweden provide highly efficient public transportation for all, among all sorts of other social services that they their citizens benefit from. So people will have the means of getting from here to there with or without a license. In the US unfortunately social services are not exactly abundant, and the measly bit that is out there is getting cut by day. If the US wants to take a stand on anything, it's long past the time to address the gun issue.
Novato man December 26, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Countries like Sweden provide highly efficient public transportation for all, among all sorts of other social services that they their citizens benefit from. So people will have the means of getting from here to there with or without a license. In the US unfortunately social services are not exactly abundant, and the measly bit that is out there is getting cut by day. If the US wants to take a stand on anything, it's long past the time to address the gun issue.

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