Car accident leads to arrest |

Car accident leads to arrest

Gregory Crofton

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and child endangerment after a head-on traffic collision Monday that slightly injured his 4-year-old son.

Police said Pedro Rodriguez-Sanchez, 40, crashed into an oncoming pickup carrying two women as he turned into his home at 1149 Glenwood Way about 1:30 p.m.

“Basically he was at fault. He turned in front of her,” said South Lake Tahoe police officer Shannon Laney. “The child was not restrained and he hit the windshield.”

Rodriguez-Sanchez’s son, whose name was not released, was sitting in the front seat of the light blue Dodge Dynasty. He suffered a bump on his head, but paramedics determined he didn’t require any further treatment.

“We were driving and they turned right into us,” said Tessa Garcia, 19, the passenger in the truck. She complained of neck and stomach pain but declined transport to the hospital.

Brittney Cyra, 21, was driving her boyfriend’s pickup.

“I thought I was going to die,” she said. “If I hadn’t had my seat belt on I would have been dead. Thank God I didn’t bring my son with us. He gunned it right into me.”

Police arrested Rodriguez-Sanchez after he failed a field sobriety test. Cyra was ticketed for driving with a suspended license.

Glenwood Way traffic was limited to a single lane for about 30 minutes. The pickup had to be towed from the scene.

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