Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after collision involving pedestrian, second vehicle injures 3

A vehicle rollover on Costa Mesa's Newport Boulevard Feb. 21, 2021
A vehicle rollover that injured three on Costa Mesa’s Newport Boulevard early Sunday is being investigated as a DUI incident, CMPD reported.
(Courtesy of Costa Mesa Police Department)

A man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence after his vehicle struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Newport and Harbor boulevards in Costa Mesa before colliding with another vehicle and causing three to be hospitalized with injuries.

Costa Mesa police arrested Hernan Alejandro Martinez, 22, of Maywood on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, causing bodily injury while DUI driving and possession of a controlled substance.

Martinez was reportedly driving southbound on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa at around 2:07 a.m. Sunday when his Toyota Tacoma pickup truck ran a red light and struck a pedestrian near Harbor Boulevard, according to a release issued Sunday.

Martinez then collided with a second vehicle, described by police spokeswoman Roxi Fyad Monday as a BMW sedan, before his own vehicle rolled over on Newport.

The driver and a passenger in the second vehicle, along with the pedestrian who was struck, were transported to a nearby hospital where they were treated for moderate to severe injuries, Fyad confirmed Monday.

The department’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to the scene, and a SigAlert was called. Newport Boulevard was temporarily closed, and southbound lanes were reportedly reopened by 10 a.m. Sunday, according to the release.

The incident did not result in any fatalities, police reported. Martinez, who did not suffer injuries from the collision, was arrested on scene and had posted bail by Monday, according to Fyad.

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