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Allegedly Drunken Driver Hits Drunken Driving Display

December 24, 1986

GILROY, Calif. (AP) _ A man was arrested for investigation of drunken driving Wednesday after his van smashed into a storefront window display set up by Students Against Driving Drunk, police said.

Raymond Barrientos Jr., drove across a center divider, over a sidewalk and into the storefront that held the display, according to police Cmdr. Vern Gardner.

Barrientos, 35, was pinned behind the wheel and was freed by firefighters using the steel-cutters, according to fire Capt. Hal Lawrence.

The van shattered two large windows and he was hospitalized in stable condition for cuts on his forehead and a puncture wound on his fractured left leg.

″Even if I’d gone out and hired a publicity agent from Hollywood, he couldn’t have done a better job,″ said Jim Maya, faculty adviser to the SADD group at Gilroy High School.

The display was intended to raise awareness of the hazards of drunken driving and to generate funds to help support the group, Maya said.

Barrientos, arrested for investigation of drunken driving, will be charged formally when he leaves the hospital, Gardner said.

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