Arlington

April 5, 2014

Suspected drunken driver crashes into Arlington firetruck, injures three firefighters

The driver of the SUV was also transported to the hospital and later released into custody of the Arlington police.

Three Arlington firefighters were released from the hospital early Saturday after a suspected drunken driver smashed into their firetruck, Fire Department officials said.

Two fire engines were dispatched at 2:30 a.m. to a vehicle rollover in the 2600 block of East Interstate 30, near Six Flags Over Texas. At about 3 a.m., the driver of a black SUV crashed into the driver’s side of one truck, which was protecting the scene from oncoming traffic, said Lt. Lee Tovar, a department spokesman.

Two firefighters and one lieutenant were inside at the time of the crash. The three — one with an open head wound and the others with minor injuries — were taken to Medical Center of Arlington, where they were treated and released.

The driver was also taken to the hospital and released into the custody of the Arlington police. He was identified as Hugo Humberto Veloz, 28.

He remained in the Arlington Jail on Saturday evening on a charge of intoxication assault with a vehicle causing serious bodily injury, said Tiara Richard, police spokeswoman. Bail was set at $5,000.

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