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DUI suspected in Turlock crash

DUI suspected in Turlock crash

The Turlock Police Department was investigating a DUI crash Tuesday morning that took out some of the landscaping of a residence on Olive Avenue. The driver was injured and arrested for DUI.

POSTED January 19, 2016 5:50 p.m.

A 23-year-old man is facing criminal charges after causing a collision that sent his vehicle careening through the front yard of a Turlock residence.

The driver, identified as Alejandro Del La Torre, 23, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and driving without a license, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Mayra Lewis.

Del La Torre did sustain non-life threatening injuries in the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, Lewis said.

The collision was reported around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the 3300 block of N. Olive Avenue.

Del La Torre was driving his Acura northbound on Olive when he “made an unsafe lane change” and set the collision into motion, Lewis said. He was traveling at a high rate of speed at the time.

The right front end of the Acura hit the left rear of a Ford Escape. The collision caused the Acura to veer across the southbound lanes of Olive before overturning and sliding across a front yard of a residence and striking the home.

The driver of the Ford Escape and the residents of the home were not injured in the collision.

Del La Torre had to be extracted from the vehicle, which had come to rest on its roof.

Officers investigating the collision could detect a strong smell of alcohol from Del La Torre and found beer cans in his vehicle, Lewis said. His blood alcohol level was not available.


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