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Alcohol is suspected to be the cause of an early morning car crash on Highway 20 near Jim Smolich Motors. Around 1:45 this morning, Bend Police find a 1974 Datsun upside down, resting on top of two pickups in the Smolich lot.  Apparently, Eddie de la Cruz, Junior, of Hermiston, lost control of the Datsun, hit a light pole in front of the auto dealer and overturned, landing on top of the pickups. There was extensive damage to all three vehicles, light pole and landscaping. Bend Fire was able extricate de la Cruz from the Datsun; he was taken to St. Charles Bend for treatment of his injuries. Eastbound traffic on Highway 20 was diverted for about two hours while police conducted the investigation. De la Cruz was cited with criminal mischief and careless driving. Police say more charges are pending.

 

 

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