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By Eric Heinz
Two men were hospitalized after the car they were in crashed into two parked vehicles at about 7:15 p.m. on Friday, April 7, along S. El Camino Real near Cristianitos Road.
Both the driver and the passenger received minor injuries, and at least the driver was still hospitalized on Monday, April 10, according to Lt. Lane Lagaret, Orange County Sheriff’s Department public information officer.
“This vehicle had a passenger with him and hit a parked car and another parked car,” Lagaret said. “The driver … was reeking of alcohol, and because of his injuries, we couldn’t arrest him.”
Lagaret said OCSD deputies are likely to file charges as soon as the driver is released, and that because there was a passenger injured in the incident, that could raise the charges to felony driving under the influence.
No names in the incident have been released yet because no charges have been filed. A field sobriety test was not conducted during the incident because they had to transport the occupants of the vehicle to a hospital, but Lagaret said a blood sample was probably taken at the scene.
No other injuries were reported, and the owners of the two vehicles that were struck were not in their cars at the time of the collision.