VALE — A Nyssa man had an additional felony charge added to his case at his arraignment following a crash on July 12 that sent several people to a local hospital.

During a Friday arraignment in front of Judge Erin Landis, Floriberto Trinidad Guzman, 27, was charged with five felony charges of assault in the third degree. He also has one misdemeanor of assault in the fourth degree, driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving.

Trinidad Guzman will enter his plea on Aug. 6.

According to Malheur County Sheriff Brian Wolfe, Trinidad Guzman was driving in a Nissan Frontier on Clark Boulevard when he failed to stop at a stop sign. Instead, he traveled through the intersection, striking a Ford Expedition traveling east on Railroad Avenue, by Margaritas Vargas, 35, of Vale, according to a desk log from Oregon State Police, who had four minor passengers with her.

Trinidad Guzman’s blood alcohol content was .19, more than twice Oregon’s legal limit of .08.

Those passengers were two 15-year-old girls, a 14-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy, all from Vale.

The crash resulted in all of the occupants in both vehicles being taken to the hospital. Two were taken by Life Flight, including Trinidad Guzman and one of the 15-year-old girls. Guzman’s injuries ended up being treated and he was released at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center-Ontario. He was subsequently arrested by waiting deputies and taken to Malheur County Jail.

Some time later, the 4-year-old boy was transported from the hospital to Boise via Life Flight for very serious injuries.

Goldthorpe explained the differences in the assault charges were based on the severity of the injuries, adding that it is a felony in Oregon when serious physical injury causes prolonged impairment of bodily function or disfigurement.

Oregon State Police, Ontario Fire and Treasure Valley Paramedics assisted with the crash.

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