Child Airlifted After Drunk Father Crashes Vehicle

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At about 2:27 pm Monday afternoon, the Turlock Police Department, Turlock Fire Department, and American Medical Response were dispatched to a reported vehicle collision with unknown injuries in the 400 block of South Tegner Road, Turlock.

When crews arrived on scene, they found a single vehicle involved, a black GMC SUV. It had struck railroad crossing equipment and dragged it about two hundred feet.

The vehicle had two occupants, a man and his infant child. Both of them suffered minor injuries. The man refused to be transported to the hospital but the infant was airlifted by PHI Air Medical Services to a regional hospital as a precautionary measure.

The vehicle sustained major damage and was deemed inoperable as a result of the collision, requiring it to be towed away from the scene. Union Pacific Railroad responded to the scene to secure crossing equipment until repairs could be made.

Witnesses reported that the vehicle was traveling northbound on South Tegner Road at high rates of speed and that it lost control going over the railroad tracks, struck railroad equipment, and dragged it about two feet until it came to final rest.

Officers noticed signs of intoxication coming from the driver of the vehicle and began conducting standardized field sobriety tests on him. As a result of those tests, officers developed probable cause to arrest him.

He was booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on unknown charges. His identity remains unknown.

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