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2 rollovers in less than 24 hours

WATSONVILLE — A pair of vehicle rollovers kept emergency workers busy inside an 18-hour block in Watsonville.

The first one happened when a man was driving his Dodge Ram pickup from Walker Street onto eastbound Second Street. Around 8:15 p.m. Thursday he lost control and smashed into two parked cars in front of La Rosa Market and Bakery close to Watsonville Fire Station 1.

The impact pitched the pickup onto its roof.

“We definitely heard it from the station,” said Duty Capt. Corey Schaefer. “When we came out there was construction equipment blown all over the street; it was a real mess.”

Watsonville Police Sgt. Mike Ridgway said the driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

No injuries were reported. Police closed down Second Street for more than an hour.

On Friday around 1:15 p.m. a man was driving a Chrysler 300 eastbound on Clifford Avenue. Watsonville Police officer Corey Johnston said the man told him he had reached over to fetch a soda in his car when he took his eyes off the road and plowed into a parked Honda Accord. The impact forced the Chrysler onto its roof and shoved the Honda onto a nearby lawn.

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Watsonville Police officer Corey Johnston (right) sizes up a two-vehicle crash on Clifford Avenue Friday afternoon. — Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian 

No injuries were reported.

Watsonville Police had to close down Clifford Avenue between Crescent Drive and Freedom Boulevard for about 90 minutes to complete their investigation.

Both incidents are under investigation.

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