Last Friday night in front of Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine a car crashed into a street light pole. The California Highway Patrol later made an arrest for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence and Hit and Run.
According to Inyo Sheriff Bill Lutze, the collision took place just after 7:30 Friday night. Inyo deputies responded to assist the California Highway Patrol. Lone Pine Fire and Ambulance also rushed to the scene. Sheriff Lutze said the driver and passenger were later located on Main Street.
According to CHP Officer Dennis Cleland, officers arrested Corey Brandon Flynn, 27 of Lone Pine. Cleland said Flynn was driving his 2005 red Pontiac GTO and was apparently making a left turn prior to crashing into the light pole. Flynn was arrested on suspicion of DUI and misdemeanor Hit and Run. Toxicology tests are pending. Inyo Deputies transported Flynn to the Inyo County Jail for the CHP.
According to CHP Officer Cleland, a passenger in the same car, Jaime Bercum, 30, of Lone Pine, suffered upper body pain and was transported to Southern Inyo Hospital.
Sheriff Lutze said that for years law enforcement has received reports of fast drivers on back streets of towns throughout the County. He said his Department and CHP have issued citations and made stops. CHP Officer Cleland agreed. He said that citizens with legitimate and ongoing traffic concerns with times and dates can file complaints and officers will respond.