Woman hospitalized after being hit by drunk driver
A woman remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the car she was a passenger in was hit head-on on New Year’s Eve by a suspected drunk driver.
According to Pima County Sheriff’s deputies, they were trying to locate a pick-up truck possibly being driven by an intoxicated driver around 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
A deputy located and stopped the truck when it approached him, driving head-on in the same lane, without lights, at Speedway Boulevard and Painted Hills Road. The deputy was able to make contact and speak with the driver, who was identified as 34-year-old Alfonso Mateo Gutierrez.
After speaking with the deputy, Mr. Gutierrez closed the door to his truck and proceeded to speed away eastbound on Speedway, but in the westbound lane.
Deputy pursed fleeing drunk driver after head-on collision
The deputy then pursued Mr. Gutierrez in an attempt to stop the man’s dangerous behavior. After travelling in the opposite lane for about 1.5 miles Mr. Gutierrez collided head-on with a car occupied by the two women in their mid-twenties, in the 2000 block of West Speedway Boulevard.
The passenger was immediately taken to a hospital for life-threatening injuries. The driver of the car and Mr. Gutierrez were also taken to a hospital for treatment for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
Drunk driver faces six counts
Once Mr. Gutierrez is released from the hospital, he will be taken to the Pima County Adult Detention Center where he will be booked on the following charges:
· Aggravated Driving Under the Influence
· Two counts of Aggravated Assault
· Criminal Damage
· Fleeing From Law Enforcement
· Driving on a Suspended License
· And at least one outstanding warrant that was issued for his arrest for a DUI in November 2011.
Gutierrez-Mateo also served time in 2007 and 2008 in state prison for Aggravated DUI out of Pima County. Prison records show he served half his sentence and was supposed to be deported back to Mexico.
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