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A couple’s drunken altercation ended in a man being stabbed and rushed to the hospital by a friend, but the intoxicated woman behind the wheel crashed the vehicle, leaving all three individuals with serious injuries, Sonoma County officials said Friday.
A sheriff’s office dispatcher answered a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 8 from a home on the 15000 block of Rio Nido Road in Rio Nido, but the caller hung up, officials said. Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies performed a welfare check shortly after at the home a mile northeast of Guerneville.
Upon entering the home, two deputies found a key in the front door’s dead-bolt lock, a barking dog, multiple knives and a trail of blood drops, said Sgt. Spencer Crum, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman. A neighbor told officers a woman had been heard yelling five minutes before they arrived.
A third sheriff’s deputy driving toward the Rio Nido home found a grisly scene 12 miles away: an overturned white Acura SUV near the intersection of River and Woolsey roads.
“The deputy had not observed the crash, but he was responding to the call and then came upon the crash,” Crum said.
Jennifer Skelton, 41, and her 31-year-old boyfriend, who both lived in the Rio Nido home, were ejected from the vehicle through the rear window when the car flipped over, authorities said. Neither wore a seat belt.
The man had multiple stab wounds to the chest, hands and face, Crum said. The Sheriff’s Office is not identifying the man because he is a domestic violence victim.
Investigators believe Skelton stabbed her boyfriend with a kitchen knife.
First responders took the couple, along with Guerneville resident Heidi Allen, 43, to a local hospital. Allen was sleeping in the home and awoke to an altercation between Skelton and her boyfriend, and drove the two to seek medical attention, authorities said.
Each of the three were heavily under the influence of alcohol, Crum said.
“All have been in the hospital unable to talk for some period of time,” Crum said, noting that their conditions delayed the Sheriff’s Office from releasing a report.
Allen’s and the victim’s conditions were unknown as of Friday, and authorities did not know where the dog heard barking at the scene had gone.
Skelton will be booked into Sonoma County Jail for felony domestic violence and assault with a deadly weapon after she is released from the hospital, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Allen faces a felony DUI charge.