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Three-Car Accident Results in DUI Arrest

A man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after he was involved in a three-vehicle accident that took place early Saturday in Christiansted, the V.I. Police Department reported.

Two men were injured, one so seriously he was slated to be flown off-island for treatment.

According to police, at 1:39 a.m. Oct. 17 the 911 emergency call center received a call of an auto accident on East End Road, just east of D.C. Canegata Ballpark. Officers traveled to the area and found that three vehicles had collided.

An investigation revealed that a silver Range Rover was traveling eastward on East End Road when it collided with a blue Ford Explorer that was coming out of the shopping area across from the ballpark and attempted to make a right turn to head west. The impact on the Ford Explorer caused the vehicle to overturn and collide with a white Lexus GS-350 in the area. All three vehicles received heavy damages from the incident, police said.

Officers at the scene said the driver of the Range Rover, identified as 44-year-old Marlon R. Richardson of Tide Village, appeared to be inebriated, so they administered a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was placed under arrest, charged with driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. He was released after posting $1,000 bail, pending his advice of rights hearing.

The driver of the Lexus GS-350 was trapped in his vehicle as a result of the accident. He was extricated from the vehicle by St. Croix Rescue and transported to the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital via ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the Ford Explorer sustained major injuries in the accident. He was also transported to the hospital via ambulance for treatment and was scheduled to be flown off-island for further treatment.

The investigation into this vehicle accident continued as of Saturday, the police said.

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