Suspected DUI crash sends three to hospital |

Suspected DUI crash sends three to hospital

Adam Jensen
Flip Walker / Provided to the TribuneEmergency responders survey the scene of a suspected alcohol-related car crash on U.S. Highway 50 that sent three people to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Police arrested a South Lake Tahoe man on suspicion of felony driving under the influence on Wednesday afternoon following a multi-vehicle crash that sent three people to the hospital.

Eric Acri, 50, was driving westbound on U.S. Highway 50 approaching E Street when he allegedly clipped a vehicle, breaking its rearview mirror, and then rear-ended a blue and white Ford Ranger, sending it skidding into oncoming traffic, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. David Stevenson.

A white GMC truck traveling eastbound on Highway 50 then broadsided the Ranger, causing major damage to both vehicles, Stevenson said.

The driver of the Ranger was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno in critical condition, said El Dorado County Sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell.

The driver and passenger in the GMC, both women, were taken to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe with unknown injuries.

Additional details of the victims were not immediately available Thursday, Stevenson said.

Police booked Acri into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence causing injury, a felony. He was released Thursday on $55,000 bail, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office booking website.

Acri declined to comment on the crash when reached at his home on Thursday.

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