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Escondido Officer Saves Suspected Escondido DUI Driver from Burning Car

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2014 | Firm News |

One of the perils of DUI driving is what happens to the impaired driver.   The danger is to both the driver and the community.  We get why police patrol for DUI.  I also get why if they are on the field at a stop they error on arresting.  I also get that police make mistakes.  They may not know the science behind these mistakes, but the nuance is huge.  A DUI case gives both sides the opportunity to be “monday morning QBs” and really see if the driver was impaired.   Below is a case where an officer is doing his job and protecting the public.

A police officer risked his own safety when he entered a burning car to reach the driver inside, Escondido Police officials said.

Officer Joseph Putulowski was called to respond to a suspected DUI crash around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the intersection of Valley Parkway and Broadway.

Investigators learned that a tan Lincoln Navigator was driving west on Valley Parkway when a driver in a gray Nissan Altima ran a red light and collided with the Lincoln.

When Putulowski arrived two minutes later, he saw the Nissan was on fire and the driver unconscious.

The officer first tried to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but it was growing too large.

Instead, he got into the burning vehicle himself and pulled out the driver, who had significant head injuries, police said.

The driver has been identified as Basurto Sierra Ruiel, 21, of San Fernando. He remains in the hospital, but but is facing DUI charges, according to officials.

In the second vehicle, two people were injured. One was able to get out, but the driver had to be extracted using the fire department’s Jaws of Life.

Officer Putulowski is being praised for his heroic actions, but he says he doesn’t feel like a hero.

Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facing San Diego DUI charges.  Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case.  Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at 858-751-4384 or send an email to [email protected]


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