Monday, September 21, 2009

Wrong Way Driver Crashes In Payette County

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Region 3 Patrol 700 S. Stratford, Meridian 83642
(208) 846-7550
Fax (208) 846-7520

For Immediate Release: 09/21/09 7 pm
Contact: Trooper Bake

On Sunday night, September 20th, 2009, at approximately 10:20 pm Idaho State Police Troopers and Payette County Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of a two-vehicle head-on crash on I84 at mile post 7 in Payette Count of Ontario, Oregon.

Pedro Hernandez, age 35 of Ontario, Oregon, was driving a 1995 Mercury Tracer and was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes on I84 near mile post 7. Hernandez sideswiped a 2007 Ford F150 driven by Emily Bowers, 19 of Payette. Hernandez's passenger, Martin Espinoza-Torres, 42 of Ontario, Oregon, was transported to Holy Rosary Medical Center in Ontario with what appeared to be serious injuries. Hernandez, Bowers and Espinoza-Torres were all wearing seatbelts.

Hernandez was arrested for aggravated DUI, open container and failure to purchase a drivers license. He was taken to the Payette County Jail. The crash is still under investigation by Trooper Bake with the assistance of Corporal Klitch and Sergeant Burke.