RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A man was arrested for felony DUI after a crash on US 395 Saturday that caused substantial injury to another driver.
Nevada Highway Patrol says Saturday morning, December 22, shortly before 3:00 am, the Department of Public Safety-Communications Center received calls regarding a vehicle traveling the wrong way on US 395 near Bordertown north of Reno.
The vehicle was described as a dark-colored pickup traveling south in the northbound lanes, and witnesses stated the disoriented driver narrowly missed striking several other cars.
NHP says eventually the pickup, described as a green 2011 Dodge Ram 1500 quad cab driven by 40-year-old Richard A. Garska of Reno, crashed head-on into a silver-colored 2002 Mitsubishi Montero SUV driven by Lesbia R. Bojorquez, 44, of Reno.
Bojorquez was trapped in her vehicle and had to be extricated by Truckee Meadows Fire Department personnel, while Garska was being treated for injuries, which appeared to be superficial, by REMSA personnel. NHP says he also displayed several signs of alcohol impairment and failed a preliminary breath test at the crash scene. Both motorists were transported to Renown Regional Medical Center a short time later by ground ambulance.
At the hospital troopers learned that Bojorquez had had very serious internal and external injuries while Garska was expected to be treated and released in just a few hours. Shortly before 6:00 am, he was medically cleared from the hospital and taken to the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office-Detention Facility and booked into the jail for felony DUI causing substantial bodily harm (no bail) and for driving the wrong way on a divided highway. NHP says he is still in custody at the jail this morning.
The updated condition of Bojorquez was not available this morning.