EL CENTRO — Police made an arrest after an accident with a truck and trailer revealed alcohol was present in the driver's system.
California Highway Patrol responded to a traffic collision on July 6 around 4:55 a.m., between a Honda and a Ford F-250, according to a CHP press release.
According to the release, Rosie Fernandez, age 62, of Calexico, was driving a 2018 Honda HR-V in the slow lane of southbound Highway 111, north of McCabe Road at an alleged rate of 70–80 miles per hour. Fernandez was approaching a 2008 Ford F-250 hauling a dump trailer driven by 52-year-old Martin P. Pena of Imperial. Pena was traveling at a reported speed of 45 miles per hour in the slow lane of southbound SR-111 north of McCabe Road directly ahead of Fernandez.
As she traveled southbound, Fernandez's Honda collided with the dump trailer attached to Pena’s Ford. The collision caused the Ford to rotate counterclockwise, said the release. Both the trailer and the Ford came to rest facing northeast within the southbound lanes Highway 111 on McCabe Road; the Honda driven by Fernandez came to rest facing south, partially blocking lane 1 of S/B SR-111 at McCabe Road.
Upon arrival, CHP officers reportedly located Pena outside of the Ford and Fernandez was found seat-belted in the driver’s seat of the Honda. Subsequent investigation revealed Fernandez was reportedly under the influence of alcohol and arrested on suspicion of DUI, said the CHP release. Pena was evaluated and released at the scene. Fernandez was transported to ECRMC for medical attention.