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8/22/2013 2:18:00 PM
Driver charged with DUI after crash with tractor-trailer
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BLYTHE - Blythe Police arrested a local man on DUI charges after he was involved in an accident on Highway 95 in Blythe.

The accident occurred at 10:12 p.m. on August 16, when police responded to the 100 block of Highway 95 in reference to a traffic collision.

Officers found that a red Ford pickup had collided with a tractor-trailer combination. During the investigation it was found that the pickup truck had been driving northbound in the southbound traffic lane without its headlights on. The driver of the tractor-trailer tried to turn to avoid the collision but the front of the pickup struck the front and side of the tractor.

The driver of the pickup, identified as David Carrillo, 31, of Blythe, was transported by Blythe Ambulance to Palo Verde Hospital for treatment. The driver of the tractor-trailer combination was not injured.

During the investigation officers observed symptoms which led them to believe that Carrillo had been driving while impaired. Carrillo was arrested and later released on his written promise to appear.

"This is another example of why drivers should not drive while under the influence," said Blythe Police Chief Steve Smith. "Thankfully no one else was injured."

The case will be submitted to the District Attorney for filing of charges. Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by email at .

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