A 67-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Tuesday after a two-vehicle crash on northbound Highway 99 near Atwater, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The incident was reported at 10:05 a.m. near the Franklin Road exit. The suspect, J. Carmen Rosas of Merced, was driving a 2000 Ford Ranger northbound on Highway 99 in the slow lane. Traffic ahead of Rosas had come to a stop, according to the CHP.
Rosas did not stop for traffic, the CHP said, and the front end of his vehicle crashed into the back of a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Herminio Alvarez, 44, of Merced. Both drivers were unhurt in the crash.
The Ford sustained moderate front-end damage, blocking the slow lane for about 35 minutes. Traffic was temporarily backed up on the highway to Mission Avenue, the CHP said.
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CHP officers conducted an investigation and determined Rosas was intoxicated, officials said. He was then taken into custody.