Pothead driver Julio Ornelas busted for DUI – drugs after running red light and crashing into a Dodge; has prior DUI pending
Perris, Calif. – Riverside County Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Strang reports that officers from the Perris Police Department responded to a traffic collision near the 100 block of 4th St. on Wednesday late afternoon. 20-year-old Perris resident, Julio Ornelas, drove his Honda Civic east bound 4th St. through a red light and collided into a Dodge Journey. Ornelas was determined to be under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the collision and was arrested for DUI drug. Ornelas also has a separate case pending for DUI. Ornelas was transported to a local hospital where he was medically cleared prior to being booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta.
Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you’re taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects.
Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to “Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a “List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life-saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.
The cost of a ride home is cheap, nothing compared to a $10,000 DUI conviction and the ‘inconvenience’ of not driving your own car home is nothing compared to the inconvenience of spending time behind bars.
Anyone with information on this investigation is encouraged to call Deputy Kiebach at the Perris Sheriff’s Station, (951) 210-1000.
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