Weaving Driver Crashes in Front of Fireman's Fund Building

Woman had been driving erratically on 101 prior to San Marin Drive wreck, according to witnesses.

A Novato driver who was seen weaving erratically on Highway 101 crashed into a center median after getting off the freeway Tuesday afternoon and was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, Novato police said Wednesday.

Officers responded to San Marin Drive at East Campus Drive near the Fireman's Fund Insurance building after receiving a report of a crash at 3:25 p.m., Sgt. Eric Riddell said. Witnesses said the driver had been swerving between lanes and driving on the highway shoulder and a dirt embankment of northbound 101 between Rowland Boulevard and San Marin Drive prior to the crash.

The 51-year-old woman behind the wheel of a 2004 Mercedes-Benz took the San Marin Drive exit and made a left turn onto westbound San Marin Drive, running the red light in the process, Riddell said. The car collided into the center median at East Campus Drive, veered right and came to rest on top of the north sidewalk of San Marin Drive, investigators said.

Officers contacted the unhurt driver, who displayed signs of intoxication, Riddell said. She failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

(The woman's identity has been removed from this story because of a special request.)

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