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Durango woman accused of drunken driving, causing 3-car crash

Traffic near 25th Street and Main was constricted for 2½ hours
Law enforcement and medics work a three-car crash Thursday near 25th Street and Main Avenue in Durango. A 19-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

A 19-year-old woman is accused of drunken driving and causing a three-vehicle crash Thursday near 25th Street and Main Avenue in Durango.

Nezhoni Mae Patton, 19, of Durango was arrested on suspicion of two counts of vehicular assault, obstructing a peace officer, drunken driving, reckless driving, illegal consumption of alcohol and driving without a valid drivers license, according to Durango police.

The crash occurred around 9:45 a.m. when a van traveling north on Main Avenue attempted to turn left onto 25th Street.

A speeding sedan allegedly driven by Patton was traveling south and struck the rear-end of the van, sending the van spinning, said Durango police Cmdr. Jacob Dunlop.

The sedan then veered into the northbound lane and struck a truck that was pulling a trailer head-on, Dunlop said.

The van and the truck each had a single occupant, but the sedan had a driver and a passenger, he said.

Law enforcement and medics work a three-car crash Thursday near 25th Street and Main Avenue in Durango. A 19-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Law enforcement and medics work a three-car crash Thursday near 25th Street and Main Avenue in Durango. A 19-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The passenger in the sedan was identified as a 27-year-old man from New Mexico. He suffered serious bodily injury, especially to his face, Dunlop said.

Traffic in the northbound lane was reduced to one lane for about 2½ hours, according to Durango police.

The Colorado State Patrol and Durango Fire Protection District assisted DPD.

shane@durangoherald.com

Law enforcement restrain Nezhoni Mae Patton, 19, of Durango, who allegedly caused a three-car crash on north Main Avenue, after she became combative with officers Thursday near the intersection of 25th Street and north Main Avenue. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)
Law enforcement restrain Nezhoni Mae Patton, 19, of Durango, who allegedly caused a three-car crash on north Main Avenue, after she became combative with officers Thursday near the intersection of 25th Street and north Main Avenue. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)


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