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Monday, Dec 31 2012 04:58 PM

Passenger suffers major injuries in alleged drunken driving crash


An accused drunken driver lost control of his vehicle on Highway 58 early Monday and a passenger suffered major injuries when the car overturned.

The badly injured passenger, Gilbert Ortiz, 20, was taken to Kern Medical Center, according to the California Highway Patrol. Another passenger, 19-year-old Michael Barreraz, suffered minor injuries.

Anthony Barreraz, 50, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, officers said.

Barreraz was driving a 2002 Chevy Impala eastbound on Highway 58 on the Fairfax Road off ramp at 5:30 a.m., according to the CHP. He lost control of the car and it overturned on the off ramp.

Ortiz was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle, officers said.

- The Californian

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