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Los Banos Police Department
Friday August 1st, 2014 :: 11:15 a.m. PDT


DUI Suspect Arrested Following Fiery Crash

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 9:33 a.m., Los Banos Police Officers responded to a reported traffic collision near the intersection of West I Street and Cardoza Road.

Officers arrived and discovered a purple 2005 Chrysler 300 in the backyard of a residence, engulfed in flames. The vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree before catching fire. The driver, Ari Osiris Balverde Contreras, 21, of Los Banos was contacted at the scene and determined to have been driving under the influence.
Contreras suffered from what was described as minor burns to the arms. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital Los Banos for treatment.

Contreras was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol upon his release from the hospital.

“Drinking and driving greatly impairs a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. This is yet another example of the dangers associated with impaired driving; thankfully no one was seriously injured.
- Chris Borchardt, Police Officer

Contreras was booked into the Los Banos Police Department Jail on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was later released on a promise to appear in court.

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Los Banos Police Department
5th St
Los Banos, CA 93635

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 209-827-7070

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