5 hurt in SUV, truck collision


Five persons were injured when a blue sports utility vehicle being driven by an alleged drunk driver collided with a Toyota Tacoma truck along Chalan Monsignor Guerrero Road near Mangosix in Dandan Thursday night.

The driver of the SUV, Patrick Castro, 24, was arrested and cited with driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and having an open container in the vehicle.

Castro and his two passengers, who were also intoxicated, were injured.

The driver and passenger of the Toyota Tacoma were also injured.

All five were taken to the Commonwealth Health Center and later released, according to Department of Public Safety spokesperson Jacqueline Rae Shepard.

Shepard said that DPS dispatch first received several calls regarding a reckless driver near Transamerica on Thursday at 7:26pm.

Shepard said that, according to witnesses, the SUV being driven by Castro was on the eastbound inner lane, when it swerved into oncoming westbound traffic, colliding with a white Tacoma near Mangosix.
Both vehicles had extensive damage.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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