Man Faces Third Drunken Driving Charge

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says a man suspected in a head-on crash in Fresno County that killed three elderly sisters and injured a fourth sister was arrested twice before on suspicion of drunken driving.

CHP spokesman Axel Reyes tells The Fresno Bee that 56-year-old Tranquilino Figueroa was arrested on suspicion of DUI in the summer of 2013 and convicted of drunken driving in still another case in 2012.

Figueroa is suspected of crashing into a Toyota Yaris carrying the four sisters near Sanger on Saturday while also driving under the influence. Three of the sisters - Jennie Monreal, Josephine Contreras and Delores Rodriguez, all in their 70s - died.

The fourth, 67-year-old Elizabeth Rodriguez, was in fair condition at a hospital on Monday

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