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Saturday, Apr 19 2014 12:08 PM

Alleged wrong-way driver causes injury crash

By The Bakersfield Californian

A man suspected of traveling the wrong way while allegedly driving under the influence caused minor injuries to a motorist and three passengers Friday afternoon on Highway 58.

According to the California Highway Patrol, 26-year-old Justin Lonero of Bakersfield was allegedly driving west in the eastbound lanes of Highway 58 east of Madison Avenue shortly before 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Lonero's 1996 Ford Mustang allegedly collided with a vehicle, causing it minor damage, and forced another vehicle to swerve and hit the center median, causing it minor damage as well.

Lonero's car allegedly struck a third vehicle, a 2002 Dodge Caravan, driven by Lizette Perez, 23, of Modesto, causing Perez and her three passengers minor injuries.

They were treated at Kern Medical Center.

When CHP units responded, they discovered five vehicles were blocking eastbound lanes of Highway 58 west of Cottonwood Road -- and Lonero had allegedly fled on foot.

Upon investigation, a CHP officer located Lonero, who requested medical treatment.

He was taken to Kern Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries, where officers determined him to allegedly be under the influence of alcohol.

Lonero was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and on suspicion of a causing a hit-and-run injury accident.

-- The Californian

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