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Man charged with DUI of drugs in bus stop shelter crash


Steve Marcus

Reginald Lovett, an employee of Outdoor Promotions, disconnects electricity from a bus shelter after a pickup truck ran into the shelter on Rancho Drive just north of Lake Mead Boulevard Monday, June 21, 2010. The driver of the truck, a person waiting at the bus shelter and the driver of another vehicle were transported to the hospital, police said.

Updated Tuesday, June 22, 2010 | 3:40 p.m.

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Daniel J. Melin

A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with driving under the influence of drugs after crashing his pickup truck into a bus stop shelter Monday near the Fiesta Rancho Hotel and Casino and injuring three people.

Daniel J. Melin was booked on one count of DUI with accident, one count of DUI of drugs and a count of hit-and-run.

Metro spokeswoman Officer Barbara Morgan said Melin crashed into the shelter about 12:40 p.m. near the intersection of North Rancho Drive and West Lake Mead Boulevard.

Police said the northbound pickup truck ran a red light and collided with another vehicle before striking the shelter. Police said Melin failed to decrease his speed at the intersection and is charged with hit-and-run for trying to flee the scene northbound on Rancho Drive.

Melin, as well as a woman at the shelter and the driver of the other vehicle were hospitalized. Authorities said despite some substantial injuries, none were life-threatening.

Officers made contact with Melin and noticed he had slow and slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, according to the arrest report. He was also unbalanced and failed a field sobriety test, police said.

Melin told officers he had taken Soma and Roxycodine for back pain 24 hours before the incident, the report said. He said he didn’t know he was involved in an accident, police said.

Officials took Melin to University Medical Center, where he was given a blood test. He is being held in the Clark County Detention Center without bail.

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