Oxnard Police Department officers responding to an accident scene in their city on November 7th had little difficulty determining whether or not to take 37-year-old Oxnard resident Sonny Ramos into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The fact that officers responding to the accident scene found both Ramos and his full-sized half-ton pickup truck sitting inside the ground floor walls of a multi-story apartment building may have been a leading indicator of Ramos’ dysfunctional driving abilities at the time of the crash.
Leaving his truck where they found it—inside a family residence—police transported Ramos to Ventura County Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries and called for emergency medical responders to the scene.
According to Oxnard Police Department spokesman Sgt. Ricardo Vazquez, five other people were injured in the late afternoon incident, including “a 2-year-old who was listed in stable condition, and an 8-year-old who was listed in critical condition.”
Other victims suffering injuries included a 15-year-old and “a pregnant woman.” As Vazquez reported to the media, no less than ten families were displaced from their apartment homes which were “left uninhabitable.” Those families—totaling 44 people–are now receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.
For his part, Ramos was medically released and promptly escorted to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on charges of driving under the influence, being under the influence of alcohol, and causing bodily injury to other persons, with his bail set at $250,000.
Photos: Courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking, Ventura County Fire DepartmentRamos Accident