Two arrested on DUI charges in five-vehicle crash on I-85

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County police arrested two people Sunday on charges of driving under the influence after a five-vehicle accident on Interstate 85 southbound near Pleasant Hill Road closed several lanes of the highway.

Doraville resident Omar Arcos Lopez, 26, was driving a white GMC 2500 pickup truck about 1 a.m. that struck the rear of a white Ford Crown Victoria, according to a Gwinnett County Police Department news release.

Lopez continued driving, but the Crown Victoria hit a support wall on the right shoulder and spun around, coming to rest facing north in the third southbound lane, the news release states. A white Ford F150 struck the Crown Victoria head on, and the driver of that pickup truck suffered a minor injury.

Meanwhile, the driver of a black Lincoln Navigator abruptly changed lanes in an attempt to avoid the collision and hit a maroon Honda Accord in the adjacent lane, the news release states. The driver of the Honda, 21-year-old Maria Maldonado of Moultrie, continued driving down the interstate.

Lopez, who drove to a gas station on Beaver Ruin Road, was arrested on charges of DUI, violating the open container law, having no driver's license, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and following too closely. He was being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center in lieu of a $2,985 bond.

Police found the Honda and Maldonado at the same gas station on Beaver Ruin Road. Maldonado was arrested on charges of DUI and violation of duty to report an accident. She was released from jail Monday on a $1,781 bond.

Other than the driver of the Ford F150, who was treated at Gwinnett Medical Center for a minor injury, no one was hurt in the incident.