A single-vehicle accident on Cherokee Lane late Wednesday afternoon resulted in two people being transported to the hospital and a section of the road being shut down.
At approximately 4:45 p.m., a white Mazda SUV attempted to change from the right to the left lane, according to Detective Nick Rafiq. However, a vehicle in the left lane blocked the car, but because the driver of the Mazda did not see the vehicle, he swerved back into the right lane, Rafiq said.
The SUV then hit the curb and proceeded to hit a light pole just north of Murray Street, Rafiq added, where airbags were deployed and two of the three passengers inside the car were trapped.
Lodi firefighters pulled the man sitting in the front passenger's seat, Jacob Blackmore, from the car and placed him against the fence along with driver Wendell Lindsey, a Lodi resident.
The passenger in the back seat behind the driver, Dennis Gonzalez, was also pulled from the vehicle and transported to Lodi Memorial Hospital with severe injuries, according to AMR spokesperson David Durand.
A second ambulance later transported Blackmore to Lodi Memorial Hospital as well for treatment for mild to moderate injuries.
After a field sobriety test was conducted, Lodi police arrested Lindsey on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The vehicle Lindsey was driving sustained serious damage, with the front end of the car completely caved in as a result of the impact with the light pole.
The section of Cherokee Lane between Pioneer Drive and Murray Street was closed down while police investigated the cause of the accident and cleaning crews removed the vehicle and shattered glass from the road that came from the downed light pole.
It is unknown as of press time the rate of speed at which Lindsey was driving when the accident occurred.
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