Woman Injured in Yuma Crash on Highway 95, Man Arrested for Extreme Drunk Driving

Woman Injured in Yuma Crash on Highway 95, Man Arrested for Extreme Drunk DrivingIn the evening hours of Monday, November 28, a two-car collision at the intersection of Avenue 8E and Highway 95 left one Yuma woman moderately injured, receiving treatment at the Yuma Regional Medical Center, the Yuma Sun reports.

Charlie McMurdie, a spokeswoman for Rural/Metro, told the news source that the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on Highway 95, the main artery into Arizona Western College. The crash involved a white Toyota Tundra and a Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle.

“We received a 911 call from a motorist saying the driver of the truck was probably trapped in their vehicle,” McMurdie stated.

McMurdie added that while initial reports of the accident called for extrication, firefighters found upon arriving at the scene that such measures would not be needed, as the driver of the Toyota had climbed out on his own through the undamaged passenger-side door.

Initial reports indicate the SUV sustained major front-end damage. The driver of the Toyota refused treatment from first responders, despite showing minor injuries, McMurdie told the Sun. Upon investigating both vehicles, firefighters found that the airbags had deployed in both the Toyota and the SUV, and that the GPS device inside the SUV had placed an additional call to 911 shortly after the crash.

Only days before the Highway 95 crash, a man was accused of extreme drunk driving after crashing into a car parked outside the Navajo County Sheriff’s building, which in turn caused structural damage to the facility, The Associated Press reports.

Officials from the Sheriff’s office stated that a vehicle driven by Corey Francis Ekstrand, 23, allegedly smashed into a county-owned vehicle that was parked outside the department on Thanksgiving Day, which forced the vehicle into the wall of the building.

The accident caused significant structural damage to the building, including problems with the exterior wall and the interior restroom and plumbing system. After testing Ekstrand’s blood-alcohol content, officials found that the suspect was operating the vehicle with a level of .27 percent, more than three times the legal limit in Arizona.

Ekstrand was arrested on suspicion of DUI, extreme DUI and criminal damage.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation, there were a total of 106,177 accidents across the state in 2010, 5,489 of which were related to alcohol-impaired driving.