Alleged DUI Driver Arrested After Crashing Into Pedestrians at Boyle Heights Bus Stop, Trying to Flee

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A DUI suspect was in custody after two vehicles were involved in a collision that injured pedestrians and a bicyclist in Boyle Heights Friday afternoon. Joshua Garcia had attempted to flee but was arrested following the crash, which happened shortly before 1 p.m. at a bus stop at First and Chicago streets, Los Angeles Police Department officials said. Garcia’s Toyota Camry had collided with a Toyota Sienna minivan, causing the minivan to run off the roadway. The van then hit two women who had been waiting to cross the street, as well as a bus shelter next to Lani Vest Pocket Park, police said. The Camry continued north on Chicago Street and ran into a bicyclist. Investigators said five people were ultimately injured — three men and two women ranging in age from 20 to 61. The drivers were among those hurt. All the victims were taken to the L.A. County+USC Medical Center with injuries that ranged from moderate to severe. All five were in stable condition Friday night, police said in a written statement. Garcia had tried to run from the scene, but was detained by good Samaritans, officials said. “We did find open beverages, beer cans, in the car, and that’s part of the investigation,” LAPD Detective Juan Campos said. Campos also said Garcia smelled of alcohol as he was being taken into custody. Garcia, of Montebello, was booked on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, police said. His age was not available Friday night. LAPD asked anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Detective Campos or Officer Robert Palma at 213-833-3713.

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