Mayor of Murrieta Involved in Crash

download (3)Four teenagers were injured in a crash on Friday with a drunken driver that just happened to be the mayor of Murrieta.

According to Murrieta police Lt. Ron Driscoll, Mayor Alan Long, 44, was taken into custody around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday night on suspicion of DUI resulting in bodily injury.

Investigators say that officers responded to a call about a collision involving a pickup truck and passenger vehicle around 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Jefferson and Lily avenues. At the time of the crash, both vehicles had been driving southbound on Jefferson when mayor Long rear-ended the passenger vehicle.

Four Murrieta Valley High School students who ranged in age from 14 to 17 were in the vehicle at the time of the crash. The driver of the passenger vehicle had slowed down in order to make a left turn when it was rear ended by Long’s pickup truck.

All of the teens in the vehicle, all of them cheerleaders, suffered injuries ranging from moderate to major and were taken to area hospitals for treatment. None of the injuries were life threatening and all are expected to survive.

Long was administered breathalyzer and blood tests at the scene of the accident and was arrested at the scene of the crash. Investigators indicate that though Long blew a .07, which is under the legal limit of .08, officers determined he was impaired. By law, if officers determine that a person has any amount of alcohol in his system and it is believed that they are impaired, they can be taken into custody.

Long was arrested and taken to the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta where he was later released later Friday morning on $50,000 bond.

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