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Two Suffer Major Injuries While Running From Police

OAKHURST – Two mountain area residents were transported to the hospital last night after suffering major injuries in a rollover while attempting to evade police, according to CHP.

Around midnight on Friday, Dec. 11, officers initiated a traffic stop on a brand new 2016 Nissan Maxima on Highway 41 near 49 in Oakhurst.

The Nissan was being driven by Anthony Fuentes, 25, of North Fork, and Sarah Martinez, 21, of Coarsegold was his passenger.

After pulling the car over, officers exited their vehicle and began to approach the Nissan, at which point, the car took off. Officers got back in their vehicle and attempted to overtake the fleeing car, which had turned onto Road 426 and disappeared from sight.

The officers traveled quite a distance up Road 426 but were unable to locate the Nissan, and turned around and headed back toward Oakhurst. That’s when they came upon the accident scene.

The Nissan had crashed off the roadway, gone over the embankment just north of the Road 425B bridge on Road 426, and come to rest on its roof in the trees near the creek. It was not visible from the roadway.

Both the male driver and the female passenger were seatbelted in, but both sustained major injuries, according to CHP. Both were conscious, but first responders needed to use the Jaws of Life to make extraction possible, as they were unable to open the doors of the smashed car.

Martinez was transported to the landing zone at Vons and taken by CHP helicopter H40 to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Fuentes was transported by Sierra Ambulance, also to CRMC.

CHP says Fuentes is being charged with Felony DUI Causing Injury to Others, and multiple other charges, and was released to the custody of the hospital.

Fuentes says there was a third person involved, and that person was driving and fled the scene.

The investigation into the accident remains ongoing.

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