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Police: Woman to face drunk driving charges

August 10, 2010

A Santa Ana woman will likely face felony drunk driving charges following a violent head-on crash in Newport Beach near Hoag Drive that sent five people to the hospital, police said Tuesday.

Carol Nadine Quiroz, 18, was driving a 1997 Acura Integra when it lost control on southbound Newport Boulevard between Hoag Drive and Industrial Way and crossed over the center median and collided with a northbound Dodge truck.

Quiroz was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana and listed in critical but stable condition. Her passenger was treated for minor injuries there.

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The driver and passengers in the Dodge truck had minor injuries and were taken to UCI Medical Center and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

Drugs and alcohol appeared to play a role in the crash, police said. Quiroz will likely face charges once her condition improves, said Sgt. Steve Burdette.

—Joseph Serna

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