DUI driver hospitalized after plowing into Glen Avon business

GLEN AVON — An alleged drunk driver was hospitalized after losing control of his vehicle and crashing into a business early Saturday morning, Dec. 7. The collision, which left the business heavily damaged and temporarily unusable, happened at Magic Cuts Barber Shop on the 9800 block of Mission Blvd., in the community of Glen Avon.

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Deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station, along with Cal Fire Riverside County Fire and AMR personnel, were dispatched to the location around 2:15 a.m., after receiving reports of a pickup truck that had crashed into a business, Riverside Sheriff’s Corporal J. Herington reported after the crash and arrest.

When officials arrived they reported finding a silver, full-size Ford pickup truck that had crashed through the front of the business.

Deputies work at the scene of a suspected DUI crash that left a Glen Avon business heavily damaged. Loudlabs News photo

The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, later identified as Cosme Ibarra-Salazar 26, of Jurupa Valley, was determined to be under the influence and was transported to an area hospital with minor, non-life threatening injuries, according to Herington. He was later released to hospital staff for further treatment and charges are expected to be filed against him after he is medically cleared and discharged.

During their subsequent investigation, deputies determined Salazar had been traveling northbound Mission Blvd. when he began swerving across all lanes and crossing into oncoming traffic.

“Based on his level of impairment, he lost control and crashed into the front of the closed business causing significant damage to his vehicle and structural damage to the business,” explained Herington.

The barber shop was expected to remain closed for an extended period while repairs are made.

A suspected drunk driver was arrested after crashing into a barber shop early Saturday morning. Loudlabs News photo

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this crash investigation is encouraged to contact Deputy Powell of the Jurupa Valley Sheriff’s Station at (951) 955-2600. Callers can refer to incident file number JV193410011 and can remain anonymous. Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff’s CrimeTips online form.


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Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.

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