A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. MNLA.com photo by John Schreiber.

A 42-year-old man suspected of driving drunk and triggering a crash that killed two people and seriously injured a third on Interstate 215 in Perris was free Monday on a $75,000 bond.

Jesus Monge Gutierrez was arrested Friday night on suspicion of DUI gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI resulting in death and DUI resulting in great bodily injury. Gutierrez posted bail over the weekend and was released from the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the suspect was driving northbound on the I-215 in a Dodge Ram 3500 pickup, pulling a horse trailer, when he entered the slow lane to exit the freeway about 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Instead of staying within the lane, the Dodge drifted into the gore point separating the freeway from the Nuevo Road exit, where a Mitsubishi Lancer was stopped, possibly because of a flat tire, CHP Officer Juan Quintero said. He alleged that the suspect failed to stop or swerve to avoid the disabled vehicle, smashing into the car.

Riverside County Fire Department paramedics pronounced the driver and backseat passenger dead at the scene. A third occupant of the Lancer was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley with major injuries. The victims’ names have not been released.

Quintero said Gutierrez, who was the sole occupant of the pickup, was uninjured and was booked into jail that night.

His level of alleged intoxication was not disclosed.

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