Police arrest 22-year-old Oceanside man for felony drunken driving

A 22-year-old man was behind bars today on suspicion of felony drunken driving in connection with a crash that injured his three passengers, one who lost a foot.

Police officers were dispatched to the vicinity of state Route 76 near Canyon Drive about 10 p.m. on reports that a vehicle had struck a light pole, Oceanside police Lt. Sean Marchand said.

The driver, identified by police as Fernando Quiroz, was able to get out of the wrecked vehicle, however his three passengers were trapped inside until firefighters arrived and freed them, Marchand said.

Two of the injured passengers were airlifted to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, and the other was taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center, Marchand said.

One of the passengers, a woman in her 20s, sustained significant injuries to her leg and lost her foot, he said.

Quiroz was treated for minor injuries at Tri-City Medical Center before he was booked into the Vista Detention Facility, Marchand said.

8 Responses to "Police arrest 22-year-old Oceanside man for felony drunken driving"

  1. CaCoCo   February 9, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Another drunk driver walks away from a crash while his friends pay the price. This is happening all to often. Whether the drunk driver kills, mames, or forever alters the lives of the people around them, they just keep getting behind the wheel. Without thought for anyone but themself. What do they think? "I’m just buzzed, I’m not really that drunk, it’s only around the corner or a few blocks". Well guess what buzzed driving is drunk driving, and not being that drunk, is drunk. Whether your going to the end of your driveway or around the corner. Just don’t do it, because you may walk away but I’ll bet someone else won’t!

  2. Redneck Bill   February 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    At least the guy wasn’t texting, right Me?

    And Ray, did you notice the last name? Can you please elucidate? I mean YOUR people don’t do this stuff, do they?

  3. Ray (the real one)   February 9, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Too Much Cerveza Man.

  4. Cindy   February 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    I hold all the passengers accountable too. Please never get in a car with someone who is drinking.

  5. Prosthetist   February 10, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Was the accident bad enough to actually sever her foot? Or was an amputation performed? The term "lost" is too uninformative.

  6. @ #1   February 10, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Good points. Another drunk barely injured. It should be them who get the injuries.

  7. Ray (the real one)   February 10, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    RED: My step father (black) was a drunk, I hate drunks, I don`t drink.

  8. Lee   February 12, 2014 at 11:11 am

    0.0% driving alcohol level.


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