DUI Drivers Arrested Following Separate Santa Maria Crashes

On April 15, 2016, two separate crashes causing injuries, lead to two arrests. According to Santa Barbara Noozhawk, the first incident occurred at the intersection of Miller Street and Alvin Street in Santa Maria, California. Witnesses state a truck was driving recklessly traveling north on Miller before running a stop sign, then collided with another vehicle. James Crichton, 64, was entering the intersection just before the impact. Police state the impact was so significant that it pushed the victim’s vehicle out of the roadway and into a parked car. Firefighters had to cut out pieces for the victim’s vehicle to free him from his mangled vehicle. Crichton was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center and treated for significant internal injuries. The driver of the pickup was identified as Carlos Cisneros Jr., 26.

The second collision occurred the following day near Fesler Street and Benwiley Avenue. When police arrived to the scene they learned, driver, Rosario Armenta, 70, crashed his vehicle into a parked car, which in turn struck a 10-year-old female pedestrian; the name of the victim was not released. The victim sustained moderate injuries, but were not life threatening.

Both drivers of the collisions were arrested under the suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and were booked into the county jail.

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