DUI suspected in injury accident

Drunken driving is suspected in a head-on crash Monday afternoon, July 8, on Ingomar Road south of Cottonwood Road, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Both drivers were flown to Modesto hospitals, according to the CHP, including one with major injuries.

The CHP said the accident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. when Felipe Sandoval, 24, of Los Banos, who was driving a 1994 Honda southbound on Ingomar, crossed into the northbound lane and collided with an oncoming 2006 Toyota driven by Steve Pruett, 60, of Delhi.

The CHP reported that Pruett, who was trapped in his vehicle, suffered major injuries.

The CHP said that Sandoval, whose injuries were described as moderate, was placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The collision remains under investigation.

Newman fire report

Personnel from the Newman Fire Department and West Stanislaus Fire Protection District Newman station responded to 26 calls for service from July 1-7.

Calls for service included 16 medical aid responses, two working structure fires, one trash fire, two fire alarms, one public assist, one vegetation fire, two vehicle fires and one potential structure fire, according to Fire Chief Keith Bowen.

Firefighters responded to a working structure fire July 5 in the 600 block of Sweetgum Lane. Fire crews were able to extinguish the blaze, which was isolated to a bathroom, without incident. No damage estimate was available.

Local firefighters provided mutual aid for a July 2 structure fire in the 16000 block of Ash Avenue in the Patterson area. Seven Newman personnel were committed to that incident for about six hours, Bowen reported.

On July 4, a fire destroyed a dumpster in the 1100 block of M Street. The damage was estimated at $500.

Fireworks citations

Illegal fireworks use will prove costly for a number of Fourth of July revelers in Newman.

Newman police issued six citations for illegal fireworks use over the holiday, while local fire officers cited five people. In Newman, the administrative citations for illegal fireworks use carry a $500 fine.

No fireworks citations were issued by Gustine police.

West Side weather

Newman resident Marge Carvalho, an observer for the National Weather Service, reported the following high/low temperatures for the past week. Information for the previous 24-hour period is recorded at 5 p.m. daily.

Monday, July 1: 96/55

Tuesday, July 2: 95/54

Wednesday, July 3: 95/60

Thursday, July 4: 98/57

Friday, July 5: 101/64

Saturday, July 6: 103/62

Sunday, July 7: 100/61