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Officers report DUI was cause of major crash on Highway 99

Major injuries for driver, 1 passenger in rollover collision

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Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 12:00 am

Three people are being treated in area hospitals following a two-vehicle rollover collision that officers believe was caused by a man speeding on Highway 99 while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, CHP received a call about a collision on the southbound lane of Highway 99, north of the Lockeford Street overpass, said Officer James Smith, spokesman for CHP.

At the scene, officers found Stockton residents Jeremy Martinez, 25, of Stockton, and Guadalupe Torres, 18, ejected from a 2001 GMC Yukon. Passenger Jacqulun Salas, 23, of Stockton, remained inside the vehicle but wasn’t properly seatbelted, Smith said.

Martinez and Torres suffered major injuries while Salas’ condition wasn’t immediately known.

Martinez and Salas were transferred to San Joaquin County General Hospital while Torres was transferred to Kaiser South Sacramento Hospital.

Investigating officers suspect that Martinez was driving south at a high rate of speed when, for an unknown reason, his vehicle traveled off the roadway and into an embankment, Smith said. The Yukon then rolled back into the road and came to rest across both lanes, Smith said.

A 1999 Ford F-150 turned left to avoid the Yukon and collided with the center divide wall. Both passengers in the pickup were uninjured, Smith said.

The southbound lanes remained closed for an hour.

Once released from the hospital, Martinez will be arrested and charged with driving under the influence and possibly additional charges, Smith said.

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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