Umatilla man arrested for DUII after crash near Hermiston

OREGON STATE POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- A 39-year old Umatilla man was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) Saturday evening following a two-vehicle serious injury traffic crash on Highway 207 at E. Punkin Center Road east of Hermiston in Umatilla County.

On July 5, 2014 at approximately 6:15 p.m., a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by ALBERTO PEREZ, age 39, from Umatilla, was involved in a collision at the Highway 207 / E. Punkin Center Road intersection with a 1992 Geo Metro driven by BALDOMERO VALENCIA GARCIA, age 46, from Hermiston.

VALENCIA GARCIA was extricated from his car by Hermiston Fire Department personnel and then taken by air ambulance to Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

PEREZ was not injured. Subsequent initial investigation led to his arrest for DUII and he was lodged in Umatilla County Jail. Investigation continuing. Trooper Mark Amos is the lead investigator.

OSP was assisted at the scene by Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Stanfield Police Department, and ODOT.