Man arrested in vehicle crash

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A man was arrested yesterday for allegedly driving under the influence, following a collision between a sedan and a truck at the Shell Dandan intersection.

According to multiple eyewitnesses from neighboring establishments, they confirmed that Department of Public Safety officers arrested a man after his car—a silver Hyundai Accent sedan—ran headlong into a boom truck owned by RNV Construction at the intersection near Shell Dandan.

Eyewitnesses said that, according to information gleaned from police officers at the scene, the man was drunk.

Witnesses said the man who was driving the boom truck became unconscious after the collision, so drivers in neighboring vehicles rushed in to help him out of the truck.

Witnesses added that the alleged drunk driver’s vehicle, the sedan, started to smoke immediately after the collision, which prompted people to rush to the aid of the two drivers, afraid that the sedan would explode.

Saipan Tribune reached out to the Department of Public Safety for additional updates but DPS has yet to issue an official report of the incident.

Saipan Tribune was able to view a snippet of a neighboring establishment’s security cameras that caught the incident on tape.

Based on the surveillance camera footage, the RNV boom ruck was trailing behind a red vehicle at the intersection at around 2:38pm.

Based on the footage, the stoplights headed in the direction of San Vicente and the direction for San Jose were red, while the stoplight for the lane coming from As Lito was green.

As the boom truck made its way through the stoplight, the silver Hyundai Accent sped through the red stoplight and slammed straight into the truck, leaving the sedan completely totaled.

At around 3pm, officers arrived at the scene to assist both parties involved in the accident and arrested the driver of the sedan.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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