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Motorist collides with patrol car, volunteer vehicle at Menifee roadblock

By in Press Enterprise on January 12, 2018

By Gail Wesson

A motorist failed to heed a road closure set up for investigation of a major-injury crash and collided with a patrol car and volunteer vehicle Wednesday night, Jan. 10, in Menifee, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s news release.

The patrol car’s emergency lights were flashing at the time. Two Menifee volunteers received minor, non-life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

The driver, a 45-year-old resident of the Sun City neighborhood of Menifee who was not identified by name, was evaluated for DUI and determined not to be impaired, according to the release.

Deputies had responded at 6:45 p.m. to investigate a head-on collision in the 26000 block of Menifee Road, just south of Highway 74, in the Romoland neighborhood of the city, and closed the road to traffic.

In the first crash, driver Nicholas Eddy, 57, of Homeland, sustained major injuries and is suspected of driving under the influence, according to the news release.

The other driver, a Nuevo resident who was not identified by name, received non-life threatening injuries. Both drivers were transported to a local hospital.

The Perris sheriff’s station traffic reconstruction unit arrived to take over the investigation and the road was closed for more than five hours.

Anyone with information about either collision is asked to call the Perris sheriff’s station at 951-210-1000.

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