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Wrong-way driver who hit SUV on I-20 had been drinking, police say

Fort Worth police responded early Friday morning to a wrong-way driver who hit an SUV on Interstate 20.
Fort Worth police responded early Friday morning to a wrong-way driver who hit an SUV on Interstate 20. Getty Images/iStockphoto

Police had already been called to south Fort Worth at about 3:30 a.m., to deal with a wrong way driver on Interstate 20, when another call went out.

“While several officers were looking for the suspect vehicle, an additional call came out of a head-on collision” along the highway near the Campus Drive exit, said officer Bradley Perez, a department spokesman. “The call stated that a white vehicle traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of traffic struck an SUV.”

Witnesses told officers at the scene that the SUV traveling westbound in the correct direction tried to avoid the collision but was unsuccessful. Both drivers were critically injured.

Edward Sanchez, 24, was taken to an area hospital for his injuries and was arrested, facing an intoxicated assault charge after slamming a Buick Regal into 40-year-old Curtis Stovall’s Chevrolet Suburban, according to a police report.

Perez said Sanchez was the only occupant of the vehicle the caused the crash. Stovall was also hospitalized.

MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said injuries to both men were considered critical but not life-threatening.

Fort Worth Police and the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office are looking for these 10 fugitives. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

Matthew Martinez: 817-390-7667, @MCTinez817

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