A man and woman who allegedly had a drinking rendezvous at the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course netted double DUI arrests for Palo Alto police Monday evening (Jan. 31), but not before the man allegedly caused three accidents, police said.
The woman, 39-year-old Jung Sang Lee of Palo Alto, and 43-year-old Soo Ha Woo from Santa Clara, were mutual acquaintances and had been drinking at the golf course, according to police spokeswoman Officer Marianna Villaescusa.
Woo and Lee had come to the golf course in separate vehicles. At approximately 7:02 p.m., officers arrived at the golf course at 1875 Embarcadero Road on a report of a possible hit-and-run collision. Witnesses reported that the driver, a male, hit a parked vehicle and was uncooperative and possibly intoxicated.
The driver left the scene of the accident before police arrived. Witnesses noted the license plate number and described the car as a dark Toyota Camry, according to Villaescusa.
An officer spotted a white Toyota Highlander parked on top of a grassy embankment directly in front of the golf course and found a female driver, Lee. The officer immediately smelled alcohol on her breath, Villaescusa said.
Witnesses said the Highlander was not the car involved in the collision, but officers later learned that Lee had been in a verbal argument with the male driver from the hit-and-run car. Lee was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) and was released to a sober acquaintance, Villaescusa said.
While officers were gathering further information, Palo Alto dispatchers received a 911 call regarding a second accident involving the same vehicle near Embarcadero Road and Cowper Street.
The caller reported that while she was driving westbound on Embarcadero, her vehicle and a second vehicle were struck by a dark Toyota Camry with a license-plate number that matched the car involved in the earlier accident.
Agent Anthony Becker spotted the Camry traveling northbound on El Camino Real at Medical Foundation Way. During a traffic stop, Becker immediately smelled alcohol coming from the male driver, Villaescusa said.
Several witnesses positively identified Woo as the driver in both accidents. His car also sustained damage consistent with the crashes, she said.
Woo was arrested for DUI and three counts of hit and run. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail in San Jose. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Neither Woo nor Lee has prior criminal histories, according to Villaescusa. No injuries were reported in any of the accidents and all vehicles sustained minor to moderate damage.