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Petaluma Police Department
Sunday April 2nd, 2017 :: 09:02 p.m. PDT


Officer Involved Fatal Incident Ely Blvd. South at Browns Lane.


For Immediate Release/Broadcast

DATE:   April 2, 2017
Date and Time:          Sunday, April 2, 2017 1715 hours

Incidents:                   Officer Involved Fatal Incident  

Location:                    Ely Blvd. S between Frates Rd. and Browns Lane   
At approximately 1715 hours on 4/02/2017, Petaluma Police Department received a disturbance call regarding motorcycles speeding up and down the street in the area of Adobe Creek Drive and Ely Blvd. S.   A Petaluma Police Officer arrived in the area within minutes and located the two motorcycles in the area.  The officer attempted to stop the motorcycles in the area of Ely Blvd. S and Frates Road; however both motorcycles fled at a high rate of speed southbound on Ely Blvd. S, south of Frates Rd.  As one motorcycle yielded approximately one mile from Frates, the second motorcycle continued southbound.   The officer then saw the fleeing motorcyclist lose control of his motorcycle and go down.    The officer immediately began providing medical aid and called for an ambulance to respond.  The second motorcycle rider (that had initially yielded to the officer) then rode up on scene.  He was detained and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
The motorcyclist that lost control of his motorcycle suffered major injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene by arriving medical personnel.
The Sonoma County Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association (SCLECA) Employee-Involved Fatal Incident Protocol was invoked and the California Highway Patrol was contacted and is the lead agency handling the investigation.

Any further information regarding the investigation will be provided by Officer Jonathon Sloat from the CHP Santa Rosa Area Office (707) 588-1400. 

Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-778-4372

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