Four Ak-Chin tribal members were injuried in a single-vehicle rollover crash, yesterday in Hidden Valley.
On Wednesday evening, around 6:30 pm. the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office responded to the accident scene in the area of Hidden Valley and Fulcar Roads. When deputies arrived, they determined the driver of the 1999 Ford Expedition had been traveling northbound on Hidden Valley and lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll several times.
The driver of the vehicle was 21 year-old Andrew Homer and the front seat passenger was 22 year-old Jordan Lopez. 19 year-old Hector Medrano and a 13-year-old male were in the backseat. All four live on the Ak-Chin Reservation.
PCSO Vehicular Crimes Unit responded and took over the investigation. None of the four occupants were wearing their seatbelts and all of the occupants had been drinking beer earlier in the day including the 13-year-old who was later determined to have a .102 blood alcohol level.
Homer was later interviewed and said that he had just left the Farmers Market on Papago Road after buying more beer. He was traveling 45 to 50 mph when he lost control of the vehicle.
Andrew Homer currently has a “Suspended Arizona Drivers License.” When he is released from the hospital and the blood results return from testing he is facing charges of Aggravated Assault, Endangerment, Aggravated DUI and Providing Alcohol to a Minor.
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, “The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office just finished a record setting year for impaired driving arrests. Andrew Homer risked not only his life but the lives of his passengers and other motorists on the roadway when he chose to drive while impaired by alcohol. Driving while impaired by alcohol is a recipe for disaster.”