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Suspected DUI crash into house caps busy weekend

Modified: Monday, Feb 4th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — A Watsonville woman was flown by air ambulance to an out-of-area trauma center after a suspected drunk driver crashed into her residence Sunday night, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

The victim, 57, suffered major injuries and was trapped under the vehicle after the collision, the CHP said.

According to the CHP, Jose Armonda Lopez, 20, of Freedom, was traveling at a high rate of speed southbound on Lakeview Road approximately 8:30 p.m., returning home from a Super Bowl Party.

Officers said he had his girlfriend and their two infant children in the vehicle when he lost control, crashed through a fence at 321 Lakeview Road, ultimately driving the Ford into the residence, the CHP said.

The children, 1 and 2, were strapped in car seats and were not injured, CHP Officer Sarah Jackson said. Lopez’s girlfriend suffered moderate injuries and was treated at Watsonville Community Hospital.

Lopez was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and felony child endangerment.

He also faces charges for having a 0.15 percent blood alcohol content, nearly twice the legal limit, and for driving without insurance.


• Overall, CHP officers arrested five underage drivers for DUI charges in Santa Cruz County over the weekend.

• A 20-year-old Santa Cruz woman was cited on Freedom at Prospect for being a minor under the influence, driving on a suspended license and failure to provide insurance.

• A 19-year-old Santa Cruz woman was arrested on Gross Road at South Rodeo Gulch for having a blood alcohol content greater than .8 percent and possession of Hydrocodone without a prescription.

• A 20-year-old Boulder Creek woman was arrested on Lovers Lane near Bear Creek Road for having a blood alcohol content greater than .8 percent and driving with a suspended license.

• A 20-year-old Watsonville man was arrested on Arista Court in Watsonville after he was found to have a blood alcohol content greater than .15 percent.

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