Head-on collision in Maxwell sends two to emergency room

Williams man arrested for felony DUI

A head-on collision near Maxwell on Friday sent two Colusa County residents to the emergency room with minor to moderate injuries and resulted in the arrest of one of the drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The man suspected of driving under the influence, Fredi Emanuel Rivera Flores, 33, of Williams, was also booked on a charge of driving while his license was suspended for driving under the influence. According to Colusa County Superior Court records, last Friday marked the fourth time in two years that Flores has been arrested for driving with a license suspended for a previous charge of driving under the influence.

Regarding last week’s collision, the California Highway Patrol said that their Chico Communication Center received a call at about 1:15 p.m. on June 9 about an injury traffic collision involving two vehicles on Maxwell Road, at the intersection of the northbound Interstate 5 off-ramp.

A CHP officer responded to the scene of the crash, which involved a 2002 Toyota Carola, driven by Flores, and a 2001 Ford Ranger, driven by Maxwell resident Jesse Jones, 30.

According to CHP, Flores was driving his Toyota on northbound I-5, on the Maxwell Road off-ramp, at an unknown rate of speed. Flores attempted to make a left turn onto westbound Maxwell Road and failed to yield the right of way to through traffic, CHP said.

Flores allegedly pulled out in front of Jones, who was driving eastbound on the Maxwell Road overpass, at a speed of 35 mph, and the two vehicles collided head-on, CHP said.

After the collision, Flores’ car came to rest in the intersection of Maxwell Road and the Interstate 5 off-ramp, facing east. Jones’ pickup ended up on the north shoulder of Maxwell Road, west of the intersection, also facing east.

Both men were transported to by Enloe Ambulance to the Glenn Medical Center, CHP said. Flores escaped the crash with what CHP considered to be minor injuries, complaining of pain to his right shoulder and upper chest area. He was later arrested on suspicion of felony DUI for allegedly causing injuries to another person while driving under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance. He was booked into the Colusa County Jail. His bail was set at $50,000.

Jones suffered moderate injuries, including a laceration to his right shin.

Neither Flores nor Jones were transporting passengers.

Records from the Colusa County Superior Court show that Flores was charged with driving with a license suspended for a prior DUI on three previous occasions: first on April 27, 2015, again on Jan. 14, 2016, and most recently on Feb. 25, 2016.

In the case filed in April 2015, the charge for driving with a license suspended for prior DUI – a misdemeanor – was dismissed, as was an alleged violation of the California Vehicle Code for failing to drive on the right side of the roadway. Flores pleaded no contest to an infraction for driving without a license.

Flores was also charged with driving without a license, driving without evidence of financial responsibility and driving at an unsafe speed in Oct. 2015. While charges for driving with a license suspended for DUI were not brought in that case, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving without a license and was sentenced to two years of informal probation.

In the Jan. 2015 case, Flores pleaded no contest to the charge of driving with a license suspended for prior DUI. A charge of possessing an open container while driving was dismissed. He was given three years more years of informal probation and ordered to obey all laws following his conviction.

His probation was ultimately revoked following his next conviction, arising from a Feb. 2016 arrest. That case was resolved on March 30, 2016, when Flores pleaded no contest to driving with a license suspended for a prior DUI. At that point, he was sentenced to spend a year in the Colusa County Jail.

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net