First Date Turns Into Alleged DUI Demolition Derby (PICS)

Categories: Crime, SF Oddities
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Uh, I had a lovely night, too...
Bernal Heights residents were witnesses to a first date gone horribly awry Friday, as a woman drove past her suitor -- and into more than a dozen parked cars.

Eyewitnesses described a scene less resembling a night on the town but a demolition derby. Residents in the 500 block of Ellsworth watched a driver identified by police as 28-year-old Denina Goldberg drive past her intended date -- and into a brand-new Volkswagen Jetta. With her paramour and the owner of that car in pursuit on foot, Goldberg careened into a dozen vehicles. At one point she purportedly reversed, left her fender -- and license plate -- lying in the middle of the road, then motored off to hit more cars.

A police incident report described Goldberg furiously weaving her silver 2000 Ford Mustang through Bernal, ramming cars on either side of the street. After hitting up to four cars at a time, and sending parked cars crashing into other cars, she eventually came to rest on Ellsworth just past Ogden.

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Yoo-Hoo, Miss Goldberg!
Eyewitnesses reported to SF Weekly that the woman's intended date chased her down and "did a good job trying to calm the young woman." It was during this time that discussion of a date gone wrong was overheard.

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Lady! You dropped something!
Goldberg, outfitted in hospital scrubs, was booked on suspicion of driving drunk and 11 hit-and-run counts.

It is not known whether a second date is in the works.

Photos   |   Max Fisher

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