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A 21-year-old June Lake woman driving under the influence of alcohol crashed her car into a tree near the old Mono County substation road east of Mammoth Lakes late Thursday night, but she and both her passengers escaped serious injury, according to the CHP.
According to the CHP, on Thursday, Jan. 22 at approximately 11:55 p.m. California Highway Patrol (CHP) received a call from the Mono County Sheriffâ€™s department regarding a solo vehicle, non-injury traffic collision, involving a driver possibly under the influence of alcohol, according to a news release.
A CHP officer from Bridgeport Area's Mammoth Lakes Resident Post responded and met with a Mono County Sheriff's deputy at the collision location," the news release states. "The CHP officer initiated an investigation into the collision, determined the driver of the vehicle had been unable to steer the vehicle through a curve in the roadway, left the roadway and struck a tree.
"The collision was significant enough that vehicle sensors deployed the vehicle's airbags. The CHP officer determined the vehicle's driver, a 21-year-old June Lake woman, was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision and placed her under arrest. The driver was issued DMV documents suspending her driver license and was subsequently transported Bridgeport where she was booked into the Mono County Jail.
"Two passengers, a 23-year-old male and a 21-year-old woman, both also of June Lake, were picked up by friends.
"According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,10,322 people were killed nationally during 2012 in alcohol-impaired traffic collisions.
"Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, Commander of the CHP's Bridgeport Area office related, "This collision was an example of the dangers of driving impaired. All three of this vehicle's occupants are local residents, and likely familiar, to some degree, with this roadway. Recently, weather has not been a factor in any collision. Had it not been for this driver's consumption of alcoholic beverages followed by her choice to drive a motor vehicle, this collision would not have occurred. The good news in this collision was that nobody was injured, in part, because everyone was buckled-up."