Morgan Hill police: DUI suspect arrested after hitting patrol vehicle

MORGAN HILL (KRON) — Officers arrested a suspected drunk driver and his passenger, after the driver hit a patrol car on Monday, according to Morgan Hill police.


Investigators say officers were initially called to the north end of town on a report of a man urinating in public.

Police say the suspect was seen getting into a van and driving onto San Pedro Ave., where officers attempted to make a traffic stop.

Investigators say the driver, later identified as 37-year-old Yrineo Pantoja, of San Jose, veered his van across the center lane divider and hit a patrol vehicle.

Pantoja’s van finally came to a stop on Church St. That’s when officers drew their guns and ordered Pantoja out of his vehicle, according to police.

Officers took Pantoja into custody. His passenger, 39-year-old Walfre Diaz, of Gilroy, was arrested on charges of public intoxication.

The men were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.

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