July 27, 2014- A Merced County car accident took place in Los Banos, on Sunday. The vehicle collision happened at about 9:59 AM.
Ari Balverde-Contreras, the driver of a Chrysler 300, was southbound on West I Street, near the Cardoza Road intersection. He lost control of his car and it left the roadway, and hit a wooden fence.
The Chrysler continued to travel into the backyard of a home on the 800 block of West I St. The car came to a stop after it hit a tree, and then it caught on fire.
The driver was able to escape the vehicle. He was taken to Memorial Hospital, Los Banos to be treated for his injuries. Alverde-Contreras was later arrested for suspicion of DUI, and driving without a license.