■ By Taj Shorter / Metro Editor
Last Friday, a drunk driver failed to yield at a stop sign and collided into a U.S. Mail carrier van causing one person to be hospitalized.
On Mar. 29, around 4:30 p.m., a driver of a green Toyota minivan ran a stop sign at the intersection of West Latham and North Hamilton avenues. The minivan struck the side of a U.S. Mail truck crossing the intersection causing the carrier van to flip on its side.
When Hemet Police and Fire arrived on scene with emergency personnel, they discovered the postal carrier had been able to escape the vehicle unharmed after reports that they may have been trapped after the collision.
The occupants of the minivan remained on scene and cooperated with authorities. One of them, the passenger, was injured and later transferred to a nearby hospital. According to one of the emergency responders on scene, the passenger may have been a minor. The driver, an unidentified man as of press time, appeared to be intoxicated while being interviewed by officers and was later determined to be under the influence of alcohol after failing a sobriety test. The man was then arrested at the scene.
A tow truck company helped turn the mail van upright and towed both vehicles from the scene. This is an ongoing investigation with the Hemet Police and no further information has been released at this time.