Driver in Sept. 29 Aguanga crash arrested for DUI

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The driver of a vehicle that crashed Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Aguanga was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, a California Highway Patrol official said.

The crash, which resulted in at least one passenger having to be airlifted to a hospital, was reported at 9:51 a.m. Tuesday on state Route 371 near Rolling Hills Drive.

According to CHP Officer Mike Lassig, the 37-year-old driver of the 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac allegedly involved in the crash was heading south on Route 371 when he “made an unsafe turning movement,” causing him to lose control of the pickup truck.

The truck rolled over into the dirt shoulder and came to rest on its roof, Lassig said.

One passenger, a 33-year-old man, was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar with major injuries.

The driver and four passengers all sustained less-serious injuries; two passengers were taken to Riverside Regional Medical Center with wounds that were described as “moderate,” while the driver and one other passenger were sent to Temecula Valley Hospital with minor injuries, according to Lassig.

CHP officers determined the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident, and he was later booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of felony DUI, Lassig said.

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