Police say a drunk driver likely would have struck a train had she not crashed into two stopped vehicles in Wadsworth Sunday evening. The woman fled the scene and later battered a sheriff’s deputy.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 11 p.m. Sunday to Wadsworth Road east of Delany Road in Wadsworth for a report of a vehicle crash with injuries.
Sheriff’s deputies arrived and located what was initially a three-vehicle crash near the railroad crossing.
One of the drivers fled from the scene in their vehicle, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Deputies determined traffic was stopped at the railroad tracks as a train was about to pass through the crossing.
A woman, identified as Jaklynn N. Alaniz, 24, failed to stop her vehicle and struck the rear-end of another vehicle.
That vehicle then struck the rear-end of another vehicle.
One of the occupants in the vehicle Alaniz struck sustained head and neck injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
Sheriff’s deputies believe if Alaniz had not struck the car in front of her, she likely would have driven directly onto the tracks and been struck by the train, Covelli said.
Alaniz fled the scene but one of the victims was able to get her license plate and provide a description to sheriff’s deputies.
A sheriff’s deputy went to Alaniz’s residence in the 13500 block of West Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth and made contact with her.
Alaniz appeared highly intoxicated and the deputy confirmed she was under the influence of alcohol, Covelli said.
The deputy attempted to place her under arrest but Alaniz allegedly struck him in the chest.
A short time later, Alaniz kicked the sheriff’s deputy upon arriving at the jail, Covelli said.
Alaniz was charged with leaving the scene of a personal injury crash, driving under the influence, resisting arrest and illegal transportation of cannabis.
Alaniz was released from the Lake County Jail after posting 10% of her $20,000 bond.