Man charged in parking lot wreck

By: By Gavin Stone - Staff Writer
Gavin Stone | Daily Journal Tire tracks and a small tree remain were police say Esiel Sanchez Saraoz ran off the road, up the embankment at hit two vehicles Sunday morning.

ROCKINGHAM — Police have charged a man they say a man had too much to drink when he ran his pickup truck off the road, and into two vehicles in the Food Lion parking lot Sunday morning.

Esiel Sanchez Saraoz, 25, of Caroline Street, was traveling northwest on East Broad Avenue in a 2008 Chevrolet pickup when he ran off the road to the right, went over the curb, ran over a tree and went up an embankment in front of Food Lion and struck two vehicles in the grocery store’s parking lot, according to a police report.

A video, apparently taken from a camera mounted on the Food Lion building, circulated Facebook the following day showing a truck going airborne and landing on a small SUV and a pickup truck in the parking lot, coming to a rest propped up against one of them, but police could not attest to the authenticity of the video Tuesday.

The report states that the vehicle traveled 97 feet after the first impact with the curb on East Broad Avenue.

A breathalyzer test revealed that Saraoz had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.14 percent — 0.06 percent more than the legal limit — at the time of the wreck, according to the police report.

The report also shows that Saraoz was going the correct speed limit (45 mph) at the point which he lost control of the vehicle.

The wreck is estimated to have caused a total $10,000 worth of damage to the two parked vehicles, and about $1,000 to the vehicle Saraoz was driving, according to the report. Saraoz was not the owner of the truck.

Saraoz is charged with driving while impaired and driving without a license.

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Gavin Stone | Daily Journal Tire tracks and a small tree remain were police say Esiel Sanchez Saraoz ran off the road, up the embankment at hit two vehicles Sunday morning.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/web1_tracks_airborntruck.jpgGavin Stone | Daily Journal Tire tracks and a small tree remain were police say Esiel Sanchez Saraoz ran off the road, up the embankment at hit two vehicles Sunday morning.
Report: Blood alcohol level nearly twice legal limit

By Gavin Stone

Staff Writer