TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. – A man was arrested for DUI after a major injury collision on Christmas Day in the Trinity River area.
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) said they arrested 29-year-old Alfred Estrada of Weaverville, California for driving under the influence after crashing into 25-year-old Britni Pavlacky, of Boise, Idaho.
The CHP said Estrada was driving a 2006 Honda westbound on Highway 299, west of Tucker Hill Road. Pavlacky was driving a 2012 Hyundai and headed eastbound on Highway 299 west of Tucker Hill Road.
Due to Estrada’s level of intoxication, he was unable to maintain control of the Honda while negotiating a sweeping right hand turn, according to the CHP.
The Honda began to spin and crossed over the double yellow lines. The Honda continued out of control and directly into the path of Pavlacky’s Hyundai. Pavlacky was unable to avoid a crash and the front of the Hyundai collided with the driver side of the Honda.
The force of the impact and the fact that he was not wearing a seatbelt caused Estrada to be ejected from the Honda. Both Pavlacky and Estrada suffered major injuries and were taken to Mercy Medical Center in Redding.
Pavlacky was released from the hospital Monday, Dec. 28. The CHP said Estrada was arrested for DUI at the scene of the crash.
Officers with the CHP said at least 38 people died in crashes across the state during the CHP’s maximum enforcement period over the Christmas holiday weekend. A total of 573 arrests were made across the state for DUI, during the 78-hour enforcement period that started Thursday and ended Sunday.