81-year-old Alvin Dean Carrell was booked into the Mendocino County Jail and later released for allegedly driving under the influence after the vehicle he was operating veered of Peachland Road north of Boonville last night. California Highway Patrol’s Officer Olegario Marin told us the crash resulted in two of the vehicle’s passengers being taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for major injuries.
A Facebook post from the Anderson Valley Fire Department said the collision presented several challenges including “multiple patients, entrapment, low-angle rescue, limited space for response vehicles, vehicle stabilization, low attendance by more experienced responders, additional calls in the district, and region-wide air-ambulance coordination.”
The Facebook post characterized the incident as “high demand” requiring the response of 20 firefighters from AVFD and a Cal Fire engine.
Officer Marin said Carrell was taken to Adventist Health Ukiah Valley before being booked into the Mendocino County Jail.
Scanner traffic from last night indicated that around 9:05 p.m. Carrell veered off of Peachland Road near the intersection of Highway 128 reportedly going 60 feet down a roadside embankment. The Incident Commander reported the crash as a “multi-casualty incident,” which describes a situation where the number of patients overwhelms the available resources.
With due respect to the potential victims of the circumstances described, it must be stated that the charges contained in the booking log have not been proven in a court of law. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.