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Crash Caused By Suspected Drunken Driver Who Hit Mattress On Highway, Police Say

The 22-year-old driver from Temecula was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving.

A suspected drunken driver ran over a mattress on the Ramona Expressway, causing him to lose control and smash head-on into another car on the opposite lane, a California Highway Patrol officer said today.

The driver, a 22-year-old Temecula man whose full name was not disclosed, was westbound in a 2004 Pontiac when he dragged the mattress some distance and then veered across the expressway west of Martin Street, California Highway Patrol officer Artemio Gonzalez said.

His Pontiac plowed into a 1991 Nissan sedan that had been headed east on the Ramona Expressway. Dispatchers received a call reporting the collision at 11:47 p.m. Friday,

Four people were trapped in the two wrecked cars, and firefighters used a hydraulic device to pry the cars open, the Riverside County Fire Department reported.

The driver of the Nissan, a 51-year-old Lakeview resident, suffered major injuries. Both he and the passenger in the Pontiac were sent to Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Gonzalez said.

The Pontiac's passenger, a 25-year-old person from Nuevo, was briefly knocked unconscious and suffered moderate injuries.

The Pontiac's driver suffered minor abrasions. He was arrested and booked for suspicion of felonious drunken driving, Gonzalez said. --City News Service

Brenda February 17, 2013 at 02:04 AM
"The Pontiac's driver suffered minor abrasions. He was arrested and booked for suspicion of felonious drunken driving, Gonzalez said" As usual the innocent in the Nissan has life threatening injuries :/ and this fricking drunk dang useless wasted piece of a human being has some scratches. As I get older I am seriously thinking of being a "SuperGrandma" Vigilante. This guy wont even do 60 days, and if the driver of the Nissan dies he might get 2 years. We need to get these people off the roads and with serious charges, serious sentences for the CRIME. At this point its nothing for them to get a DUI, nothing if they get in a wreck, repeatedly, and NOTHING but 2 yrs if they kill a family of 5! Get these lazy politicians that get voted into office to do at least one thing in 2013 and that is CHANGE the sentencing for DUIs, and DUI murders.
JJ Mclure February 17, 2013 at 04:30 PM
the politicans drink and drive too....cops at every bar would help
Dee Prell February 19, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Let me guess............. mattress was on an overstocked truck driven by a Mexican with no passport.

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