horse trailer crash
The crash scene Sunday that claimed the lives of two horses. Drunk driving is the suspected crash cause. Photo: OnSceneTV

A man suspected of causing the deaths of two horses in an alcohol-fueled crash that flipped the animals’ trailer onto its roof at a Jurupa Valley intersection was released from custody Monday.

David Avila, 52, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He posted a $5,000 bond and was let out of the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside Monday morning.

According to Riverside County fire and sheriff’s officials, Avila was driving a pickup truck with horses in tow through the intersection of Etiwanda Avenue and Jurupa Road about 8 p.m. when he evidently lost control and plowed into a utility pole.

The impact caused the horse trailer to overturn, landing on its roof, authorities said.

One horse died inside the trailer, while the second was rescued by volunteers from the Norco Animal Rescue Team and county Department of Animal Services personnel. Due to the extent of the surviving horse’s injuries, it had to be euthanized, according to county officials.

Avila suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment before being booked into jail for alleged DUI.

–City News Service

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