Friday Jul 20 2012
Drunken driver runs, leaves injured passenger
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
Crash caused small fire and power outage
A young woman remains in serious condition after a drunken driver crashed, left her in the passenger seat of the vehicle and fled on foot. Blake Gordon Boyles, 22, of Rancho Cordova, crashed a silver Infiniti G35 on Auburn Folsom Road just north of Cripple Creek Lane in Loomis at about 8:45 p.m. Thursday, according CHP Officer David Martinez. The careening vehicle took out 25 feet of fence and hit an electric post. Martinez said residents reported seeing a small fire and homes lost and homes lost electricity the area. Boyles ran from the vehicle, leaving 21-year-old Brynne Arakelian of Granite Bay with major injuries in the car. Martinez said police helicopters and dogs were dispatched to search for Boyles, while Arakelian was transported to Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Authorities were unable to locate Boyles until this morning. ?One of our officers goes back to the scene later this morning and finds him,? Martinez said. ?He arrested him for felony DUI and hit-and-run.? Boyles remains in custody Friday at Placer County Jail on felony charges of driving while under the influence with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above and hit-and-run with death or injury. Bail is set at $50,000. Arakelian remains in serious condition, according to Robin Montgomery, communications director for Sutter Health. Martinez added that the cause of the crash was drunken driving and an associated factor was that Boyles drove too fast around a curve. Reach Sara Seyydin at email@example.com, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.