Nicholas Ainza Injured, Fidel Ortiz-Pausano Arrested after Accident on Highway 1 [Orcutt, CA]

Nicholas Ainza Injured, Fidel Ortiz-Pausano Arrested after Accident on Highway 1 [Orcutt, CA]

Nicholas Ainza Injured, Fidel Ortiz-Pausano Arrested after Accident on Highway 1 [Orcutt, CA]

Nicholas Ainza and Fidel Ortiz-Pausano Hospitalized after DUI Crash in Orcutt

ORCUTT, CA (July 14, 2020) – Two drivers sustained injuries following a head-on crash south of Orcutt, Tuesday evening.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident happened at about 9:45 PM. For reasons still under investigation, a 2010 Chevy Aveo, driven by 26-year-old Fidel Ortiz-Pausano of Santa Maria, was northbound in the southbound lane of Highway 135.
As the vehicle entered Highway 1, it collided head-on with a 2010 Toyota Highlander driven by 33-year-old Nicholas A. Ainza.
Personnel from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department transported both drivers to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria with minor injuries.
Officers later arrested Ortiz-Pausano on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury. He was then booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, with his bail set at $100,000.
CHP continues to investigate the crash. Authorities will release additional information once it becomes available.
When you drink and drive, you are risking the safety of everyone around you. If you plan on drinking, do not go out alone and always choose a non-drinking designated driver. Strictly follow the rules of the road and drive responsibly.

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