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Hit and run driver crashes into three cars

Suspect has four prior arrests for DUIs

POSTED June 27, 2009 5:22 p.m.
A man with a history of drunken driving arrests fled one accident Sunday afternoon, only to cause two others before he was taken into custody.
Isidro Miranda, 47, will be facing charges of driving under the influence with injuries and hit and run causing injuries, according to the Turlock Police Department.
Shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday, Turlock police officers were dispatched to the Lander and Linwood avenues area for a report of an accident. When officers arrived they found a damaged Toyota Camry and a bent Porsche 911, but the driver of the Toyota Tacoma that had caused the two crashes was already on the move again.
According to the police report, Miranda rear-ended the Camry, which had stopped for a red light at Linwood and Lander.
Hoping perhaps to flee the accident, Miranda backed his truck up, directly into the Porsche that had stopped behind him, Lt. Ron Reid said.
Miranda fled both accidents southbound on Lander. The driver of the Porsche was able to edge the car forward to see the direction the driver was taking and to get a license plate number, Reid said.
To escape being spotted, Miranda decided to make a quick turn onto Glenwood Avenue, but he was traveling at too high a rate of speed and couldn’t handle the turn in his truck, Reid said. He broadsided a Mitsubishi Eclipse that was stopped at a stop sign.
Miranda continued driving but stopped a short distance away from the third wreck because his air bag had deployed.
Officers found Miranda in a highly intoxicated state. He was taken to a local hospital for complaints of pain.
Two occupants in the Camry were treated for back and neck pain. The Camry had minor to moderate damage.
The driver of the Eclipse sustained cuts to her left hand and arm and had bruises and other pains along her left side, Reid said. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The Eclipse had major damage from the collision.
This is not Miranda’s first case of driving under the influence, according to court documents. In 2004, he was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. One count was dismissed and he pled no contest to the other. In 2005, he was arrested on two counts of driving under the influence and one count of driving on a suspended or revoked license because of driving under the influence. One driving under the influence charge was dismissed and he was found guilty on the other two counts.
To contact Sabra Stafford, e-mail sstafford@turlockjournal.com or call 634-9141 ext. 2002.
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