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'Significant' crash blocks Paso Robles road; one person injured

Drivers asked to avoid the area
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Posted at 9:33 AM, May 24, 2020

UPDATE (8:40 p.m.) — Around 8:25 a.m., Paso Robles police officers saw a vehicle driving recklessly eastbound on the Niblick Bridge.

The driver, 24-year-old Ivan SandovalFarias, lost control of the car and hit two other vehicles in the intersection on the 100 block of Niblick.

Occupants of the other vehicles sustained minor to moderate injuries and emergency crews had to rescue one woman who was trapped in her car due to the collision.

According to police, SandovalFarias fled the scene on foot, but was caught by officers and taken into custody.

At the time of his arrest, SandovalFarias was on probation, had a suspended license and was in possession of methamphetamine.

He was booked into custody for the following:

  • possession of narcotics,
  • felony hit and run,
  • felony DUI-Drugs,
  • driving on a suspended license, and
  • a probation violation

His bail has been set at $500,000 due to the totality of the circumstances, according to officials.

Police said SandovalFarias is a person of interest in numerous vehicle pursuits this month with other agencies including the CHP, San Luis Obispo PD, Pismo Police PD and the Paso Robles PD.
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UPDATE (11:25 a.m.) — One person has moderate injuries after a car collision blocked traffic along Niblick Road in Paso Robles Sunday morning.

According to Commander Caleb Davis with the Paso Robles Police Department, a man was driving eastbound on Niblick Road at "high speeds" as a female driver was pulling out of the Walmart parking lot heading westbound on Niblick Road.

Davis says the man driving eastbound ran a red light, crashing into the woman heading westbound and into another parked vehicle. After running the red light, officials say the man got out of his car and took off running.

Police say officers were already in the area of the crash and chased the man on foot.

Davis says officers arrested the man, who will be booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on two felony charges. Officials believe drugs were involved in the incident.

The female driver he crashed into has moderate but "not life-threatening injuries," according to police.

Officials remain on scene and are investigating the crash.

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ORIGINAL STORY — Police are asking drivers to avoid a portion of Niblick and S. River Road Sunday morning due to a crash.

Few details were being released, but as of 9:28 a.m., police were on scene and said eastbound traffic was being diverted in the area.

Police called the crash “significant.”

This story will be updated as information becomes available.