Press release - Ten Crashes Result in Impaired Driver Arrest

Published 7/12/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Ten Crashes Result in Impaired Driver Arrest
DATE/TIME: 07-11-2010/0355
LOCATION: Area of Sanford Street and Beaumont Avenue, Oxnard
VICTIM(S): Maria Rodriguez, 18 years, of Oxnard
Veronica Madrigal, 18 years, of Oxnard
SUSPECT(S): White 1991 Honda Accord
WITNESS(ES): Alejandra K. Flores Ayala, 24 years, of Oxnard
SUSPECT VEHICLE(S): Beige 2004 Pontiac Grand Am
LOSS: Two injuries and 10 vehicles damaged
PREPARED BY: Officer Anthony McCowan


On July 11, 2010 at about 0335 hours, a white Honda Accord, driven by Maria Rodriguez, was rear-ended by a beige Pontiac Grand Am near the intersection of Sanford Street and Beaumont Ave. The driver of the Grand Am fled the collision scene in her car. Rodriguez and her passenger, Madrigal, found the Grand Am near the intersection of Vanetta Street and Beaumont. The driver of the car was passed out behind the wheel.

Rodriguez and Madrigal waken the driver who puts the Grand Am into drive in an attempt to flee. The Grand Am is driven northbound on Beaumont to eastbound Curran Street to southbound Reeder Avenue. Over a distance of about 3/10ths of a mile, the Grand Am collided with nine parked cars. In the 4600 block of Reeder the driver fled from the vehicle.

Oxnard police are called and locate the driver, Alejandra K. Flores Ayala, hiding behind a dumpster in a nearby yard. She is taken into custody without incident. Ayala suffered facial injuries in the crash and was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical for treatment. She was later booked into the Ventura County Jail for one count each of: felony driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, felony hit and run, under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of narcotic paraphernalia; and nine counts of misdemeanor hit and run. Her bail was set at $50,000.

Rodriguez and Madrigal were transported by ambulance to a local hospital with complaints of pain to their backs and necks.

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