NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Officer B. Masten DATE: 04/27/2014 PHONE: (760) 839-4424 PREPARED BY: Lt. Justin Murphy
On April 27, at about 1:30 AM, the Escondido Police Department received a report of a collision involving two vehicles at the intersection of Valley Pkwy and Broadway. Officer Putulowski arrived two minutes later to find both vehicles on the S/E corner sidewalk of City Hall. Officer Putulowski immediately noticed that one of the involved vehicles, a gray Nissan Altima, was on fire with the driver unconscious. He attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher but the fire was too large. Officer Putulowski risked his own safety by entering the vehicle and pulling the driver to safety. The driver had what appeared to be significant traumatic injuries to the head. The second vehicle involved, a tan Lincoln Navigator, had two occupants inside. The driver was trapped inside and had to be extricated by the Escondido Fire Department with the Jaws of Life.
The Fire Department took all three patients to a local area hospital where they were all found to have sustained multiple minor injuries. The driver of the Nissan, a Hispanic male adult whose identity was still unknown at the time of this release, was arrested for Felony Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs Causing Injury.
Preliminary investigation indicates the Lincoln was driving W/B on Valley Pkwy with a green light when the Nissan ran the red light N/B, causing the collision. This investigation is ongoing at this time and is being conducted by Officer Bruce “Tony” Masten of the Traffic Division. Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to call Officer Masten at the above phone number.
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