Suspected DUI Driver Crashes Into Coffee Shop

SFGate reports that a man was arrested on the charge of suspicion of DUI after he crashed his car into a Santa Rosa coffee shop.

Santa Rosa authorities say that the incident happened at Bad Ass Coffee at 140 Stony Point Road before 2:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 14.  

Investigators with the Santa Rosa Police Department say that the driver, Ronal Chuc Comez, was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed down West 9th Street when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road. Comez lost control of his vehicle and struck a grassy berm, struck a  tree, and then crashed through the glass storefront of the coffee shop. 

The force of impact of the crash was so great that the Comez had to be pried from the crumpled wreckage of his vehicle that was wedged inside the coffee shop. Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate Comez from his car and then rushed him to an area hospital to treat injuries he suffered in the crash.

SF Gate reporter Susana Guerrero interviewed the owner of Bad Ass Coffee, Tony Deatherage, after the incident. After treatment, Comez was immediately arrested on suspicion of DUI.

“The car took out part of the windows of the coffee shop and the tables and chairs,” Deatherage told Guerrero. “Looks like we’re going to be closed all day, and hopefully, we’ll be back open tomorrow.

Deatherage believes it’s likely he will have to replace most of the equipment in his shop. After what he and his business have been through from the pandemic and fires in the area, this latest incident hits hard.

“It’s not a good time to be closed,” Deatherage said.”Cost of goods skyrocketing, too. But we’ve been through all that, and we’re going to try to open tomorrow.”

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