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Fort Hunter Liggett’s police captain arrested for alleged DUI

Fort Hunter Liggett’s police captain was arrested in February on suspicion of drunken driving and causing an injury to another driver in a crash outside of Creston, according to the CHP.

William Winfred Lorz II, 42, was arrested Feb. 7. He’s being charged with driving under the influence with a blood/alcohol level of 0.08 or above and causing great bodily injury, as well as driving under the influence with a blood/alcohol level of above 0.08.

Lorz has pleaded not guilty and has a pending court case, according to prosecutors.

He has been placed on leave from his work duties, Fort Hunter Liggett officials said.

Lorz allegedly ran a stop sign on Creston Road at about 40 miles per hour in a 1999 GMC Sonoma and crashed into 41-year-old Michael Gardner of Madera, said CHP Officer Bill Irons.

Gardner was driving about 60 mph on Highway 41 in a 2006 Honda Accord.

The car was pushed onto an embankment and rolled over; he was injured but survived the crash, according to the CHP.

Lorz’s blood/alcohol level was measured at 0.12, higher than the 0.08 legal limit for driving, prosecutors said.

— Nick Wilson

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