Driver ejected after hitting trees and light pole in Merced, DUI is suspected police say

Officers were initially dispatched at approximately 12:46 a.m. to the 500 block of Collins Drive in Merced for a report of a female screaming for help.

When officers arrived they found a vehicle that had rolled over and the driver had been ejected from the vehicle.

The driver was awake and speaking to officers as they awaited the fire department and ambulance. While speaking with the officers they could smell alcohol coming from his breath.

Officers also noticed several containers of alcohol in and around the vehicle.

Due to injuries, the driver was flown to a local trauma center for treatment. His condition is stable at this time,  a blood test was obtained for later testing.

The driver was not placed under arrest due to his injuries. Once the blood test results are received from the lab, the case will be sent to the district attorney for a review of possible DUI charges.

Merced City Public works responded for live power lines that had been exposed when the driver struck a light pole. They also had to remove several trees the driver knocked down during the collision.

Merced Police are asking anyone with any information regarding this crime to contact Officer Crain at 209-388-7754 or by email at

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