Miguel Lupercio Arrested on Suspicion of Vehicular Assault, DUI After Crash on Yakima Valley Highway
Two passengers suffered serious injuries and the driver was arrested following a one-vehicle suspected drunk driving crash on Yakima Valley Highway near the intersection with Van Belle Road on Saturday night.
21-year-old Miguel Angel Lupercio, of Granger, is being held on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular assault.
According to Yakima County sheriff’s deputies, Lupercio was driving northbound on the highway at around 10:40 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle and drove off the road. The vehicle rolled over several times and came to a rest about 200 feet from the highway.
Two passengers were in the car and both were seriously injured. One had a large cut on his arm that required stitches. Another suffered severe head trauma and a broken arm and was brought to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.
Deputies said they smelled intoxicants on Lupercio and took a blood sample for testing. A records check also showed that his license was suspended in the third degree.
His bail was set at $10,000 at his preliminary hearing on Wednesday, November 6.
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The Intersection of Yakima Valley Highway and Van Bell Road in Yakima County, WA
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