Injury Traffic Collision
updated: Jun 19, 2012, 2:45 PM
Source: City of Ventura Police Department
Incident: Injury Traffic Collision w/Felony DUI Arrest
Location: Ventura Avenue & Sunnyway Drive
Date/Time Occurred: 06/19/12 0600 Hours
Officer(s) Involved: VPD Patrol
Victim(s): Male Juveniles ages 7 & 10
Suspect(s): Garrett Ehritt 21, Ventura Resident
Report #: 12-7086
On the above date and time, the Ventura Police Command Center received numerous
911 calls reporting an injury traffic collision in the area of Ventura Avenue
and Sunnyway Drive. As officers arrived on scene they located two juvenile
pedestrians who had been struck by a vehicle.
The preliminary investigation revealed Ehritt was driving north on Ventura
Avenue in the southbound lane. As Ehritt approached the intersection with
Sunnyway Drive he veered to the left driving over a raised curb before striking
a streetlight pole. This impact greatly diminished the speed of Ehritt's
vehicle, however it continued past the light pole and struck both victims as
they stood on the sidewalk.
Investigating officers determined Ehritt was operating his vehicle while under
the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Ehritt was placed under
arrest for felony DUI and was later booked into the Ventura County Jail. Both
victims were transported to Community Memorial Hospital where they were treated
for non-life threatening injuries.
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