Two Egan Drive accidents result in citation, DWI arrest

Three people treated at Bartlett for minor injuries

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Two vehicle accidents on Egan Drive kept police busy Sunday night.

Police reported that the first accident occurred at 6:04 p.m., in the outbound lane at Glacier Highway, south of Mendenhall Loop Road. Police determined that a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old man struck two vehicles stopped at the red light.

The 35-year-old driver said he took his eyes off the road to look at his compact disc player, police said. When he looked up, it was too late to avoid the accident.

Capital City Fire and Rescue crews took the driver of one of the two other vehicles to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation. They treated the second driver at the scene for minor injuries.

Police cited the 35-year-old man for negligent driving. His vehicle sustained an estimated $12,000 in damage.

Damage estimates for the other vehicles were $10,000 and $5000, respectively.

While cleaning up the accident, police closed the road from the intersection to the Fred Meyer store, diverting traffic to Yandunkin Drive for about 34 minutes and towing the three vehicles from the scene.

Meanwhile, at 6:31 p.m. on Egan north of Sunny Point, a black truck reportedly struck another vehicle from behind and left the scene.

The person who called in the complaint followed the truck to the Fred Meyer intersection, where a police officer stopped the truck.

The truck's driver, Luis Rivera, 40, was arrested for drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, reckless endangerment and two counts of third-degree assault. He was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

The vehicle struck in the accident was described as a total loss. Its two occupants were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries, police reported.

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