A driver suspected of being under the influence of marijuana plowed into a Santa Rosa pet store Monday night, but no humans or animals were injured, according to police.
The 26-year-old driver, who was identified as Jeffrey Dallas Pearson, told police that he was driving about 60 mph when he lost control and smashed into the Village Pets store, which is located at 4125 Montgomery Drive, just before 9:20 p.m. Witnesses told police that Pearson tried to ditch the scene just before authorities arrived.
Shattered glass and dislodged bricks littered the scene, but the car only made it a few feet into the store before coming to a stop.
A subsequent investigation revealed that Pearson was smoking marijuana before the crash and may have also consumed alcohol, according to police. Tests were conducted before Pearson was eventually arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and booked into the Sonoma County Jail.
Firefighters stayed on scene to help install a temporary wall so that the business was secured for the night.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer Vlahandreas of the Santa Rosa Police Department at 707-543-3600.