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Two pulled to safety from canal

March 19, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

Two men were pulled from a submerged car after driving into a drainage canal while being pursued by Brawley police Sunday.

Felix S. Salvaterra, 32, of Puebla, Mexico, was driving a sedan with passenger Guandencio Serrano Morales, 22, also of Puebla, when the vehicle failed to yield for Brawley police, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.

During the pursuit, the sedan turned east from Highway 86 to Aten Road in the Imperial area and, as it approached Highway 111, failed to stop at the intersection's stop sign.

The sedan ran off the road and struck the south bank of a drainage canal around 1:40 a.m. The vehicle then sank into the canal water.


Brawley police officers reportedly jumped into the canal and pulled Salvaterra and Morales from the vehicle.

Both occupants, having sustained minor cuts and bruises, were transported to El Centro Regional Medical Center by Gold Cross Ambulance Service.

Salvaterra was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and failure to yield and booked into the county jail.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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