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Driver accused of DUI in Nevada County travel trailer crash that injured three

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A Penn Valley man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence following a collision that injured three people, including his wife.

Ronald S. Beatrez, 58, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup pulling a travel trailer on westbound Highway 20, west of Brighton Street in the Grass Valley area, about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday. He veered to the right, causing the tires of the travel trailer to leave the roadway. When Beatrez steered the truck and trailer back to the left, he lost control of the trailer, which began to fishtail behind the truck, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

Brenda Turley, 63, of Sparks, Nev., was approaching the location in a 2006 Honda CRV when Beatrez’s trailer went sideways across the eastbound lane. Turley applied the brakes but didn’t have enough room or time to stop or swerve, according the news release.

Beatrez’s wife, Mariam Stella Beatrez, 58, was riding in the trailer, which began to overturn, hitting the Honda and bringing the two vehicles and the trailer to an abrupt stop.

Mariam Beatrez was entangled in debris inside the trailer, and it took emergency personnel about 20 minutes to extricate her, the news release said.

Turley and her passenger, 88-year-old Marguerite Murray, also of Sparks, were transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley with moderate injuries, according to the CHP. Mariam Beatrez was flown by air ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center with major injuries.

Ronald Beatrez, who was not injured, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving while impaired causing injuries, the CHP reported.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy