Two Early Morning Accidents Justify Extra DUI Emphasis

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Driver crashes into parked truck and totals both vehicles. Another crash into parked car totals both vehicles. Alcohol is suspected to be involved in both early morning crashes.

About 12:30 Saturday morning, police and fire fighters were called to the 400 block of Lakeside Drive for a two vehicle accident with one person reported as being trapped.

According to Lincoln Police, the passenger of the truck fled. The driver, 21-year-old Zachary Ross, was heading north on Lakeside at a high rate of speed, when he lost control and struck a parked pickup, shoving it up toward a retaining wall. Both trucks are considered to be totaled.

According to LPD, Ross could not stand well enough to take a field sobriety test. When officers told Ross he would be arrested, he tried to run and fought with officers.

Ross was arrested for DWI, reckless driving, refusing a chemical text and resisting arrest.

Less than 30 minutes later, at 12:55 a.m. police and fire crews were called to the 5000 block of Cleveland on a report of a two car accident and people possibly being trapped.

According to Lincoln Police, 20-year-old Eldon Bolton IV was driving east on Cleveland at a high rate of speed when it struck a parked car. The parked car spun and hit a tree. Both cars are considered totaled.

The owner of the car, Robert Jackson said he was inside playing a video game when he heard what sounded like a sonic boom. When he looked outside, he found his car wrapped around a tree and another wrecked car in the middle of the road. Jackson said when he went to the car, he saw the driver in the front seat with blood everywhere and two women in the car screaming.

According to Lincoln Police, Bolton suffered an injury to his face and was taken to the hospital for treatment. A blood draw will verify police's belief that Bolton was under the influence of alcohol.

Police throughout the state have been actively involved with DUI enforcement to help curb this sort of incident, especially during the holiday season.