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Weekend accidents injure five

PRESCOTT ­ Three injury accidents over the weekend sent five people to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment.

At least one of the crashes is alcohol-related, police say.

At 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, a car traveling north on Montezuma Street veered to the right and hit a pole head-on at the Merritt Avenue intersection, Prescott Police Sgt. Jeff Hemphill said.

The 25-year-old driver, Amber Lanphier, suffered extensive lacerations to her head, which required treatment at the hospital,

Hamphill said.

He said she was semi-conscious after the

accident, and officers were unable to learn enough information about the cause of the accident, which is still under investigation.

Hamphill said she might have had a medical condition that caused her to lose control of the vehicle although drugs or alcohol could have been a factor.

The investigation revealed no attempt by Lanphier to avoid the


"She didn't try to brake and (the car) went up the wall," Hamphill said.

Hamphill said that Lanphier received several stitches before doctors released her.

A few hours later, the Department of Public Safety investigated a single-vehicle rollover accident on Highway 89 just outside of Paulden.

The 5:30 p.m. crash at milepost 337.6 involved a northbound four-door Ford with four people in it, DPS District Cmdr. Frank Lopez said.

The vehicle rolled into a trailer court just off the highway. Three occupants ran away from the scene, however Eliezar Soto Guevara was trapped. Because the Ford, which belongs to a woman in Paulden, had extensive damage, paramedics called in a helicopter to airlift Guevara to a Phoenix hospital, Lopez said, although he ended up at YRMC.

Lopez said Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies tried to track down the three men that fled, although he is unsure whether those attempts were successful. It doesn't appear that anyone is

facing charges, he said.

YCSO spokesman Scott Reed said the Sheriff's Office's records indicate that deputies helped with traffic control while DPS investigated the crash, but no other details are available.

A head-on accident on Sunday on Gurley Street near Mount Vernon Avenue appears to be alcohol-related.

The driver of a Nissan truck, Emile David Gouiran, 37, of Prescott, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.205 after the crash, a Prescott Police report said. The legal limit in Arizona is 0.08.

The police report says that Gouiran's truck had been traveling west on Gurley Street when it failed to yield to eastbound traffic as it turned south onto Mount Vernon Avenue. It struck an eastbound

Toyota sedan head-on.

The 48-year-old Toyota driver, Denise Levario, and her passenger, Ruby Maner, went to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries as well as Gouiran's passenger, Sheryl Eminger. Doctors released all three victims shortly thereafter.

Both vehicles had heavy front-end damage, which required towing from the scene. During the search of Gouiran's vehicle, however, an officer found two small bottles of wine and one of them was empty, the police report says.

Two breath samples the officer took from Gouiran showed alcohol contents of 0.196 and 0.205.

Gouiran faces three counts of aggravated assault, three counts of endangerment, criminal damage, extreme DUI, DUI with a blood alcohol content of more than 0.08 and driving while impaired to the slightest degree.

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