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Car crashes into Ceres motel after highway road rage incident
Hughson driver arrested after hospitalization
Howard Johnson Inn crash May 7 2023
After its driver lost control on the freeway following an alleged incident of road rage, this Honda smashed into the Howard Johnson Inn windmill structure Sunday morning and damaged part of the motel building. Arrested later was Angel Miguel Ordaz, 34, of Hughson.

An apparent incident of road rage on Highway 99 Sunday morning ended with one car careening out of control, through a chain-link fence, across the frontage road and into the windmill structure and another structure at the Howard Johnson Inn.

The California Highway Patrol later arrested the 34-year-old driver after he was treated at a local hospital for major injuries.

Aside from the totaled Honda car, damage was caused to the windmill structure in front of the motel before coming to rest next to the center hotel building. The car also struck the second floor walkway and railing of the hotel building.

According to CHP Public Information Officer Tom Olsen, Angel Miguel Ordaz, 34, of Hughson, was driving the Honda sedan northbound on Highway 99 at approximately 9:45 a.m. when some kind of drama unfolded between him and Allen Rodriguez, 20, who was driving a Dodge pickup. Olsen said that Ordaz brandished a handgun toward Rodriguez and intentionally rammed his Honda into the pickup. Ordaz lost control of his vehicle and went off the freeway, eventually flipping over and becoming airborne before sliding between the motel’s decorative windmill and a two-story motel structure.

Ordaz was taken by ambulance to Doctors Medical Center with major injuries. The handgun was recovered from inside the Honda. Ordaz was released from the hospital and booked into the Stanislaus County Public Safety Center on Tuesday on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor brandishing a firearm and misdemeanor carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle.

Olsen said the incident leading up to the crash is still being investigated.