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Police and firefighters responded to the crash on Mar. 14, around 9:53 p.m. near 79th Street and McVicker Avenue.
Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department said the crash triggered a chain reaction that left three vehicles and a Pace transport van heavily damaged.
According to Dudlo, that chain event started when a Chevy Tahoe westbound on 79th Street, veered into the eastbound lanes and collided with a Jeep Cherokee. The Cherokee then struck a Pace minivan which in turn collided with a Dodge Ram pickup truck.
Police reports indicate the Tahoe rolled over onto its roof. Witnesses told police the driver of the Tahoe crawled from the wreckage and took off running southbound on McVicker Avenue.
According to Dudlo, one of the passengers in the Pace transport van had to be extricated by Burbank firefighters. Several people were transported to the hospital. None of the injuries were reported as life-threatening.
Responding officers traced the Tahoe’s registration to a Burbank address where officers located the owner of the vehicle. Witnesses identified the owner as the driver who ran from the scene, Dudlo said.
Dudlo said the Tahoe owner, Jesus Salguero, 35, had evidence of intoxication and injuries consistent with being involved in an accident. He was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for treatment.
Upon his release from the hospital, Salguero was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and several other traffic offenses.
Salguero was released and is due to appear next in court May 4 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.