A Lodi man was arrested for driving under the influence of prescription drugs Monday after allegedly rear-ending a car and hitting a barn.
William Anderson, 67, was driving west on Harney Lane at 4:41 a.m. when he reached the stop sign at De Vries Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Angel Arceo. Anderson didn't stop at the sign, rear-ending a 1987 Honda Civic driven by Romero Gutierrez, 49, also of Lodi, Arceo said.
The collision pushed Gutierrez's car across the road and through a fence. Meanwhile, Anderson's 2003 Cadillac DTS car hit a barn. He was trapped in the vehicle and firefighters had to free him.
Both men were taken by ambulance to Lodi Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, Arceo said. Anderson was arrested, then released to the hospital for treatment.
Gutierrez had been on his way to work in Lathrop, where he works loading train cars. Though his car had 305,000 miles on it, Gutierrez said it had no problems and that he'd hoped to have it until he retired. Both vehicles, however, received major damage in the crash.
Gutierrez was later released from the hospital to recover from some bruises and a sore back. He coaches Babe Ruth baseball and joked that the knot on his head might mean that his hat is a bit crooked, but he was determined not to miss a game.
Swine flu confirmed in Tracy; Linden 'probable'
San Joaquin County health officials say they have received confirmation that a 31-year-old Tracy woman has contracted swine flu.
The woman's infant daughter and an 8-year-old girl from Linden are also suspected of contracting the disease. County Public Health officials are awaiting lab results from the State Public Health Laboratory on the two probable cases.
All three people have completely recovered, according to Assistant Health Officer Wendi Dick.
County Health Officer Karen Furst recommends:
- Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing and
sneezing, and throwing the tissue in the trash when using
- Washing your hands with soap and water, especially after
coughing or sneezing.
- Trying to avoid close contact with sick people. Anyone sick
with influenza should stay home from work or school and limit
contract with others to avoid infecting them.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
- Seeing a doctor if you have a fever greater than 100 degrees
and have a cough or sore throat.
- Being mindful of flu symptoms if you have traveled to Mexico seven days prior to the onset of illness.
Congressman Jerry McNerney announces art show for Tracy
Congressman Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, has announced that the District Congressional Art Competition will be held this Saturday at Tracy's Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.
The works of art submitted by students from throughout the 11th District, which includes Lodi, will be on display.
Each member of Congress hosts a competition among high school students in his or her district, according to a statement from McNerney's office. The winning artwork from each district is then featured in a display in Washington, D.C. In addition to having his or her artwork on display in Washington, D.C., the grand prize winner from the 11th District also will be flown, with a guest, to Washington, D.C., to attend an awards ceremony in June.
Last year's 11th District Art Competition winner was Bilal Houseyni, a student at Merrill West High School in Tracy. He won for his oil pastel drawing entitled "George Meets Picasso."
This year's competition and art showcase will be held Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. in partnership with the city of Tracy. The location of the Grand Theater is 715 Central Ave., Tracy.