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Downtown SLO collision injures 4; driver arrested for suspected DUI

Four people were injured in a two-car collision early Saturday in downtown San Luis Obispo. One driver was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, police said.
Four people were injured in a two-car collision early Saturday in downtown San Luis Obispo. One driver was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, police said.

San Luis Obispo police have arrested a man suspected of felony driving under the influence, following a collision that caused injuries in downtown SLO early Saturday.

Police Sgt. John Villanti said the collision occurred at 1:29 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Monterey and Santa Rosa streets. Villanti said two vehicles, one northbound on Santa Rosa and the other eastbound on Monterey, went through the intersection at the same time, despite the eastbound vehicle having a red light.

A total of seven people were involved in the accident between the two vehicles, and four were transported to a local hospital. Two had moderate injuries and two had “complaints of pain,” Villanti said.

Villanti said the driver of the eastbound vehicle, Nicholas Adam Hembree, 27, was arrested for felony DUI and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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