Lake Havasu City Police Department investigated two traffic accidents Monday, one resulted in an extreme DUI arrest and the other injured a Havasu man.
Sgt. Keith Huskisson, of the police department, said Tuesday a single-vehicle rollover occurred at Nautical Beachfront Resort, 1000 block of McCulloch Boulevard, in Havasu. Police responded at about 4:20 p.m. after receiving reports of the rollover with a sole occupant who had fled the scene.
Driver Austin Messenger, 19, of Murrieta, Calif., had left the resort and was traveling northbound on McCulloch Boulevard when he approached the rear of another vehicle
“He attempted to go around on the right, off-road in the dirt at about 45 mph,” Huskisson said
In the process, Messenger lost control of the vehicle on the marina-side of the road. The vehicle slid then rolled multiple times coming to rest on its passenger side. Investigations determined Messenger was wearing a seatbelt during the wreck.
Messenger allegedly fled on foot after the ordeal.
Nautical security guards caught up with Messenger who was running around on the nearby golf course and turned over to police.
“He showed no signs of injury but did show signs of impairment,” Huskisson said.
Routine alcohol breath tests concluded Messenger’s blood alcohol content to be .16 percent at time of arrest. Messenger was arrested and charged with alleged extreme DUI.
At about 8:25 p.m. Monday, police responded to reports of a three-vehicle collision in the 2800 block of Saratoga Boulevard.
Alexander Cline, 33, of Havasu, was traveling eastbound on Saratoga in a white 2005 Ford Excursion when he rear ended Troy Neece, of Havasu, who also was eastbound on Saratoga. Neece was driving a gold-colored 2007 Toyota Tacoma pickup and was stopped and waiting for oncoming traffic to clear so he could to make a left-turn into a private driveway at a residence.
Accident investigations determined Cline was traveling about 35 mph when he struck Neece. As a result, Neece’s pickup spun around and was pushed into the oncoming traffic. Neece’s vehicle then was struck by John Doubrava, 51, who was traveling westbound in the 2800 block of Saratoga Avenue in a Gray 2006 Ford F350 pickup. Doubrava also was traveling about 35 mph when the collision occurred, which is the posted speed limit there.
Neece was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center with a possible head injury.
All three vehicles suffered major damage and were towed from the scene. It is believed all three drivers involved were wearing seatbelts.
Cline was cited for failure to control speed of a vehicle to avoid a crash.
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