A very sad story when an under-age driver takes the wheel of a car while intoxicated. Over the weekend, just such a tragedy unfolded in Oakland, California.
SF Gate reports that Saturday evening a teen was driving on International Boulevard with a passenger in his car. The CHP had tried to pull him over as he was driving 85 miles per hour, but the CHP gave up the pursuit.
The teen ended up hitting the base of a light pole and crashing the vehicle into an apartment building staircase and one of the apartments. The driver and his passenger were trapped and freed by emergency personnel using the jaws of life. The passenger, who was identified as Martin Contreras of Oakland, was declared dead at the scene.
The teen was arrested and booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, but that is not all. Two loaded handguns were found in the car. And the teen had a prior drunk driving arrest. The residents living in the apartment building that had been hit by the teen’s vehicle were relocated.
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