Man Arrested for New Year’s Day Vehicle Collisions

Irene Dieter Several vehicles parked on Shore Line Drive were damaged after a suspected DUI driver crashed into them on New Year’s Day.

Man Arrested for New Year’s Day Vehicle Collisions

A suspected DUI driver was arrested for a multi-car collision on New Year’s Day that resulted in one person suffering serious injuries.

Armando Hernandez, 30, was taken into custody while receiving treatment Highland Hospital in Oakland. Early Saturday morning, the Alameda Police Department’s Communications Center received the report of a vehicle colliding with multiple parked vehicles on the 1700 block of Shore Line Drive. As a result, six vehicles were struck causing major vehicle damages.

Hernandez was joined by an unidentified male in the passenger seat. Both occupants needed medical attention and were transported by the Alameda Fire Department to local hospitals for treatment. Hernandez was sent to Highland Hospital, while it is unknown what facility treated the passenger. The passenger sustained serious injuries, while Hernandez was treated, released, and taken into custody around 5:50 a.m., according to Alameda Police Department (APD) reports.

Hernandez was charged with a DUI causing bodily injury and driving on a suspended license.
The crash happened in the same area where Alameda County Board of Supervisor Wilma Chan was struck and killed on Nov. 3, 2021.

APD and the City of Alameda have increased efforts to improve roadway safety. APD has focused on specific traffic enforcement and educational themes each month to help deter unsafe roadway behaviors and promote safe roadway habits. In January, APD is focusing on impaired driving. Over the most recent Christmas holiday weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) contacted one impaired driver roughly every nine minutes.

APD posted an advisory warning to Alamedans on its Facebook page informing drivers that their ability to operate a vehicle can still be impaired even if their blood alcohol level is under 0.08%. While patrol officers will have a primary focus for the month, enforcement of all other dangerous traffic violations will still be enforced.

Hernandez is not being held in any Alameda County detention facility as of Jan. 10.