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Police arrest suspect in DUII crash

COURTESY PHOTO - Christian Vazquez-Alfaro, 19, of Forest Grove allegedly crashed his car off Northwest Hornecker Road north of Cornelius early Saturday morning while under the influence of alcohol. Washington County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an alleged DUII driver who crashed into a tree on Northwest Hornecker Road north of Cornelius at 2:30 a.m. Saturday, injuring his two passengers.

The driver, Christian Vazquez-Alfaro, 19, of Forest Grove, reportedly remained at the crash scene. Deputies arrived to find a 1996 Hyundai Sonata that failed to negotiate a sharp right-hand curve after skidding more than 170 feet.

The Hyundai was severely damaged on the passenger side after the driver ran into a large walnut tree. The two injured male passengers, ages 18 and 21, were transported to a hospital by a family member prior to the deputies’ arrival. One passenger reportedly suffered serious injuries. The other passenger sustained minor injuries.

Deputies believe alcohol was a contributing factor in this crash. Vazquez-Alfaro was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. 

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team assisted with the investigation.