Hollister police arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of drunk driving and causing an injury accident.
According to a police statement:
On Aug. 22 at about 2 p.m., officers arrested Juan Carlos Luna Marmolejo, 27, 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 Luna Marmolejo, were flown to a Bay Area hospital for emergency medical treatment. While conducting the investigation, officers suspected Luna 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 by the Hollister Police Officer. 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.