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Five-vehicle crashed blamed on DUI driver
chain reaction
Marcos Chavez-Santillan was driving the white Ford pickup (at right) which was pulling an empty cattle trailer during the time of Sundays chain of rear-end collisions on Crows Landing Road. The Mustang at left was the third in the chain to be damaged. Chavez-Santillan was arrested for drunken driving. - photo by Contributed by Ceres Police Department

Sunday's five-vehicle collision on Crows Landing Road has been blamed on the driver of a pickup pulling a cattle trailer while intoxicated.

Ceres Police Lt. Brent Smith said Marcos Chavez-Santillan, 40, of Modesto, was arrested after he caused a chain reaction collision at 12:16 p.m.

Chavez was traveling northbound in the slow lane of Crows Landing Road just north of Hackett Road when the car in front of him stopped. Chavez jammed on the brakes which caused the 2006 Ford F-250 pickup and 1981 gooseneck cattle trailer to slide into the #1 lane and rear-ending a 2006 Nissan. The Nissan then struck a 2005 Scion which rear-ended a 2004 Ford Mustang, which hit a 1997 Toyota Celeca and lastly a 2007 Dodge.

The driver failed a field sobriety test in which he registered a 0.20 on the breathalyzer. Chavez was booked for drunken driving, driving on a suspended license and tailgating.