A Ceres man was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence on Sunday after a wreck that injured six people and a dog.
San Andreas-area California Highway Patrol Officer Toby Butzler said the man was driving a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup with his family inside westbound on Highway 4 west of Batten Road in Vallecito while Daniel Marzi, 65, of Vallecito, drove eastbound in a 2010 Chevrolet Silverado. The crash occurred about 2:15 p.m.
The Ceres man, Identified by CHP as Jose Aranabarajas, 48, drove the pickup into the eastbound lane into the path of Marzi’s truck. Aranabarajas’ pickup overturned once and came to rest on its wheels on the south shoulder of Highway 4.
Marzi’s vehicle traveled off the south side of Highway 4 and came to rest at the bottom of an embankment.
Multiple ambulances and helicopters were sent to the scene, a Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.
Aranabarajas received major injuries and was taken to Modesto Memorial Center for treatment.
According the press release, Aranabarajas was arrested at the scene for felony driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injuries.
Butzler said he could not share Aranabarajas’ blood alcohol content.
Aranabarajas’ wife, Amalia Arana, 37, sustained moderate injuries. His children, Fabiola Arana, 16, Brenda Arana, 15, and Bernice Arana, 10, also sustained moderate injuries.
They all received medical treatment at Doctors Medical Center.
Butzler said Aranabarajas’ name was recorded as it appeared on his driver’s license. The DMV does not use hyphens, even if his name had one, Butzler said.
The CHP will request additional charges of child endangerment to the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office, Butzler said.
Marzi’s dog also was injured and was taken for medical treatment, the press release stated.