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Posted: Monday, October 6, 2008 10:00 pm

A Galt man was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving Sunday night after allegedly crossing a center line and hitting another truck head-on.

Robert K. Villarreal, 36, was driving west on Highway 88, west of Collier Road, around 5:32 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Adrian Quintero.

A citizen had called the CHP to report that Villarreal's 2001 Ford F-150 pick-up truck was weaving all over the road, and officers were on their way to stop the truck, Quintero said.

But before officers could get into position, Villarreal crossed the center line and struck another 2001 Ford pick-up truck. Both that vehicle, a Ranger, and Villarreal's truck rolled over.

The other driver, Jose M. Giles, 39, of Stockton, was wearing a seat belt but had a broken femur, as well as numerous scrapes and complaints of pain, Quintero said. He was taken to San Joaquin General Hospital.

Villarreal was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown partially out of his truck. He had head trauma and a broken leg, but was conscious enough to complain about other pain, Quintero said. Villarreal was taken to Lodi Memorial Hospital.

Neither driver appeared to be speeding but "alcohol was a definite factor" in the crash, Quintero said.

"Driving under the influence of any alcohol or drugs is dangerous. Not only are you jeopardizing yourself but you're also jeopardizing others," he said.

He encouraged motorists to dial 9-1-1 if they see possibly drunken drivers.

Air quality officials study impact of wildfires

FRESNO - Air quality officials are trying to determine whether wildfires left untended in the Sierra Nevada contribute to ozone violations in the San Joaquin Valley.

Officials with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District say September's ozone violations were the worst in five years. Around that time, U.S. Park and Forest Service officials were letting the remote Tehipite fire burn more than 11,000 acres, in part because of potential risk to firefighters. They say fires are natural events that clear brush and rejuvenate forests.

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