Felony DUI suspect identified

June 25, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

HEBER — California Highway Patrol officers confirmed the identity of a man arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence after an accident Sunday south of here.

Highway Patrol officers arrested Esteban Gonzalez, 34, around 1:25 a.m. Sunday on Dogwood Road north of Willoughby Road.

According to Sheriff's Office logs, another man, Filadelfo Ramirez, 33, of Calexico was arrested at the same time at the same location on suspicion of felony hit-and-run while driving under the influence of alcohol.

Further information on Ramirez was not available.

Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Carlos Davila said the CHP doesn't know who Ramirez is or why he was arrested. He did confirm officers arrested Gonzalez for the offense and not Ramirez.


A CHP press release states Angelica Silva, 32, of Calexico was driving a sports-utility vehicle south on Dogwood. With her were passengers Imelda Verni, 23, a 5-year-old boy, a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl.

Gonzalez's car was heading north on Dogwood but was traveling in the southbound lanes just north of Willoughby Road, the report states. Silva saw another vehicle approaching her head-on when that vehicle was about 100 feet from her.

Both drivers swerved to their left to avoid a head-on collision. Gonzalez's sedan struck the right rear of Silva's vehicle with its right front end.

Occupants of both vehicles were wearing seat belts according to the press release. Gonzalez sustained no injuries while all the occupants in the SUV sustained minor injuries and were treated at El Centro Regional Medical Center.

A spokeswoman from the county jail said Gonzalez was in custody today with bail set at $25,000.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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