Oct. 4, 2012
by Monica Lara, OVN correspondent
An Oak View man was arrested for injuring two passengers while allegedly driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a car accident in Ventura early Wednesday. Ventura Police Department officials said the accident occurred around 2 a.m., when the driver, 18-year-old Spencer Ereshan, allegedly lost control of the vehicle, over-corrected and crashed into a power pole at Ferro Drive and Cedar Street near downtown Ventura. Officers arrested Ereshan and 18-year-old Kai Castillo, while the pair walked down Ventura Avenue after allegedly leaving the scene of the accident, according to the police report. Police believe Castillo, who suffered minor injuries, was a passenger at the time of the accident. The officers noticed one of the subjects had a visible head injury consistent with being involved in a traffic collision, the report added. “The officers have probable cause to believe he (Ereshan) was driving,” said Sgt. Ryan Weeks of the VPD traffic unit. “They were able to find (them) through statements from the passengers and people who could identify them fleeing from the scene.” Castillo suffered minor injuries. Police found Alyssa Hardwick, 19, of Oxnard, still in the back seat of the car when they arrived. She suffered severe trauma to her back and abdominal areas, including internal injuries police said. She was transported to Ventura County Medical Center for treatment. Her condition is critical, but stable as of Thursday, according to Weeks. Ereshan was arrested and booked into the Ventura County Jail for two felony offenses — hit-and-run and driving while under the influence resulting in injury. Although Erehan refused a field sobriety test, a blood alcohol test was taken at the time of his arrest. The results could take up to two weeks, according to Weeks. Charges against Ereshan will be determined by the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office after his test results have been confirmed. The VPD continues to collect witness statements for the ongoing investigation. To provide the Ventura County Police Department with any additional information about the incident, call 339-4343. To leave an anonymous tip, call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.