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3 Quick Crashes Lead to Woman's DUI Charge

Nobody hurt in downtown traffic collisions, but some property damage was done, police say.

A Novato woman faces hit-and-run and DUI charges after three traffic incidents in succession Saturday morning, Novato police said.

Officers responded at 10:17 a.m. after several reports of impaired driver in the downtown area, Lt. Oliver Collins said. Witnesses said the first incident occurred in the parking lot outside Peet's Coffee & Teas in the 7300 block of Redwood Boulevard and the last was in the 1500 block of South Novato Boulevard near Center Road. The woman was contacted and officers detected signs of impairment, Collins said.

Several people told police that the woman — Beth Willens, 52 — was the one involved in the three collisions, which damaged two other vehicles and a sign pole. Nobody was hurt.

Willens faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and hit-and-run with property damage. Collins said police would like to thank the people who assisted in "the rapid closure of this potentially dangerous incident" and encourage calls to 911 if anyone suspects an impaired driver.

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Diana Wilkins February 24, 2013 at 12:59 AM
Why is this behavior only considered a misdemeanor?
mike jones February 24, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Because so many people drink and drive so if it was a felony the jails would be packed with dui people. Also its liberal california and liberals like losers running around free.
Jerome J Ghigliotti Jr February 24, 2013 at 04:49 AM
Probably because the Sacramento social engineers are alcoholic drunk drivers themselves. I did not vote for them. Did you?
JAN February 24, 2013 at 02:58 PM
"Nobody was hurt."
new one to novato February 24, 2013 at 04:21 PM
Jan - nobody was hurt....this time. What a joke - cars were damaged and she was that drunk at 10:17 am? I am sure her family is hurt by her behavior. There is no way you can minimize this.
NovatoGuy February 24, 2013 at 10:38 PM
What a loser. Perhaps she'll be put away when she kills somebody.
T.Sprocket February 25, 2013 at 12:17 AM
Sounds like someone that may have an issue. Here is to hoping she gets the help she needs.
Novatan February 25, 2013 at 03:40 PM
"But the doctor tells me to take dozens of these pretty pills...."
Michala Perdriel February 25, 2013 at 04:22 PM
She was actually sober she blew a 0.0 and passed a urin test. Novato patch you need to get your facts straight before you start slandering people's name.
Dick and Gloria Casey February 25, 2013 at 05:31 PM
It would be nice if ya'll got the story straight before all the name calling etc.......
NovatoGuy February 25, 2013 at 08:50 PM
That's a good one. Why don't you tell that to the family of the person she ends up killing while smashing into things.

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