Bakersfield DUI Crash Leaves Police Officer Injured

David Mendoza Arrested Following Car Accident in Bakersfield 

An impaired driver collided with a patrol vehicle in Bakersfield on Wednesday night, April 20th. 

Per reports, the accident occurred just before 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Colony Street and Panama Lane. 

The patrol vehicle was turning onto Colony Street when the impaired driver ran a red light. 

As a result, the vehicles collided and the officer sustained minor injuries. 

There was also a passenger in the other vehicle that sustained minor injuries and was hospitalized. 

31-year-old David Mendoza was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving as well as possession of a controlled substance. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

According to NHTSA, more than a quarter (25%) of accident-related deaths are linked to the use of alcohol. With that being said, according to the CDC, there are 30 people that are killed everyday in a car accident as a result of an alcohol-impaired driver. That is equivalent to one death every 50 minutes.  

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