BIG PINE, Calif. (KOLO)-- One vehicle crashed Thursday in Inyo County, Calif., and two people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence for that crash, the California Highway Patrol said.
The person sitting behind the wheel of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado at the time of the crash was booked on misdemeanor driving under the influence, the CHP said. And a passenger who reached over and yanked on the steering and caused the crash was booked on a felony DUI charge, the CHP said.
It happened on Old County Road near Big Pine, Calif., south of Bishop. The CHP said Ashley Doll, 22, of Bishop was driving the truck about 50 mph down Old County Road and Omar Renteria, 23, of Bishop reached over the yanked on the steering wheel as he sat in the front passenger seat. That was enough to put him in control of the vehicle and be considered a driver, the CHP said.
The vehicle went off the road into an embankment and hit boulders, the CHP said. Four children of Doll and Renteria, ages 6 months and 1, 2 and 3 years old, were in the truck and were not injured, the CHP said. Renteria received moderate injuries and Doll received minor injuries, the CHP said. All were taken to Northern Inyo Hospital for treatment.
In addition to the DUI charges, Doll and Renteria were also arrested on suspicion of felony endangerment, the CHP said.