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Friday, April 18, 2014

7 hurt after pickup truck goes airborne

A pickup truck driven by an allegedly intoxicated man swerved, ran off the road, and went airborne after it hit a bunker, injuring all its seven occupants, last Nov. 30 in Dandan.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Travis Hurst said he just released yesterday the information about the crash as the investigation report had just been finalized.

Hurst said the driver sustained a fractured left arm and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a blood draw at the Commonwealth Health Center found him to have a Blood Alcohol Content of .115g of alcohol per 100 milliliter of blood.

In the CNMI, a person driving with a BAC of .08 or higher will be arrested for DUI.

A male juvenile seated in the cabin sustained a fractured right leg. A female who was also in the cabin suffered a fractured collarbone.

All four passengers seated in the bed of the truck were all ejected and suffered minor bruises and cuts.

Hurst said police officer Adrian Mendiola was dispatched to Dandan by the Japanese bunker area on Nov. 30, 2013, at 3:21pm where an auto crash occurred.

Mendiola learned that the white Ford Ranger pickup truck was traveling north on Flame Tree Road when it lost control and slid to the grassy area.

The truck hit the bunker, causing it to go airborne and ejecting all four passengers seated in the bed.

During the investigation, Mendiola detected and found the driver to be under the influence of alcohol.

The truck had major damage on the driver’s side.

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