DUI driver Dominick Olivas was taking that Mercedes Benz passing in a no-passing zone when he zoned out
According to Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Brian Wolfe, on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 8:45 P.M., officers from the Perris Police Department responded to Ethanac Road between Murrieta Road and Hull Street, in the City of Perris, regarding a report of a major injury traffic collision. The preliminary investigation revealed Dominick Olivas, a 20 year old resident of Menifee, was driving a silver Mercedes Benz westbound on Ethanac Road. Olivas attempted to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone and lost control of his vehicle. Olivas’ vehicle was broadsided by a white Toyota Tacoma that was traveling eastbound on Ethanac Road.
The collision caused Olivas’ vehicle to collide with a silver Toyota Tacoma that was traveling westbound on Ethanac Road. The secondary collision caused the driver of the Tacoma to lose control and roll over, coming to rest off the roadway.
A fourth vehicle traveling eastbound on Ethanac Road was unable to avoid the collision vehicles blocking the roadway and collided with Olivas’ vehicle. The initial collision caused Olivas vehicle to be torn in half. Olivas and his juvenile passenger sustained minor injuries. The driver and passenger of the first Toyota sustained moderate and non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the second Toyota sustained moderate non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the fourth vehicle was not injured. After the collision, Olivas and his passenger fled the scene and were located by officers a short time later near McLaughlin Road and Hull Street with the assistance of citizen witnesses.
Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this traffic collision. Olivas was arrested for 23153(a)&(b) CVC, Driving Under the Influence and causing injury, 20001(a) CVC, Hit and Run with injury, and 273a(a) P.C. Child Endangerment. Olivas was taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for his injuries. After being medically cleared, Olivas was booked at Cois Byrd Detention Center for the previously mentioned charges.
Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy J. Cail at the Perris Station by calling (951) 210-1000, or by email at PerrisStation@RiversideSheriff.org.