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July 13, 2024

Courts: Man sentenced for injuring four in DUI wreck on bypass in Hollister

The Hollister man suspected of causing injuries to two adults and two children while driving intoxicated has been sentenced in San Benito County courts.

Juan Carlos Luna Marmoleo, 27 at the time of the incident in August, will serve 325 days in county jail on top of time already served in jail, according to court records. He received a sentence in court Feb. 1 of five years, but that included three years of probation and the time served, according to records.

He had pleaded no contest to causing great bodily injury, domestic violence and DUI while causing injury, according to records.

On Aug. 22, officers arrested Marmolejo on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing an injury traffic collision while under the influence of alcohol.

On Aug. 19 at about 10:50 p.m., the Hollister Police Department responded to an injury traffic collision involving two cars. Hollister Fire Department and AMR also responded to the collision located at the intersection of Highway 25 and Hillcrest Road.

Officers arriving on-scene found four injured persons, including two young children (two Adults in Marmolejo’s car and two children in the other car). Marmolejo had allegedly gone through a red light and struck the other car broadside. All of the victims, including the suspect, were flown to a bay area hospital for emergency medical treatment. While conducting the investigation, officers suspected Marmolejo had been operating his vehicle while intoxicated.

Officers worked with hospital staff to ensure the suspect would not be released without notifying the Hollister Police Department.

On Aug. 22, an officer responded to the bay area hospital where Luna Marmolejo was being treated. He was released from the hospital and promptly arrested. He was transported to and booked at the San Benito County Jail on the charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing an injury traffic collision while under the influence of alcohol.

The Hollister Police Department would like to remind the public how serious the crime of driving under the influence is. In this instance, four persons, including two young children were seriously injured as a result of a completely avoidable traffic collision.

Anyone with information on this collision is asked to call the Hollister Police Department at (831) 636-4331. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME. Calls to WeTip can lead to rewards of up to $1,000.

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