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Drinking while off-road driving, police say

Man arrested for DUI after police find him, his truck on Caltrain tracks

After a few too many drinks, a Sunnyvale man decided to do a little off-road driving early Tuesday morning, police alleged.

At 3:19 a.m., May 1, police received a call from Edward Lechuga, who reported that his truck was stuck on the train tracks near Evelyn Avenue and Pioneer Way -- on a portion of rail approximately 800 feet northwest of where Whisman Road crosses the tracks. Officers arrived to find Lechuga standing just outside his truck, "which was in the center portion of the tracks, partially stuck on the northbound track," according to Liz Wylie, spokeswoman for the Mountain View Police Department,

"Lechuga was intoxicated," Wylie said. He told police that he was driving from Sunnyvale and did not remember where he had initially entered into the fenced-off area of the railway. He was arrested on charges of driving under the influence.

Caltrain workers had to cut a portion of fencing and remove a fence pole in order to get the truck off the tracks, Wylie said. No one was hurt and there was no apparent property damage.

Trains were delayed while the truck was lodged on the tracks, said Christine Dunn of Caltrain. Trains were able to run by using the southbound tracks, but were a behind schedule as of 5 a.m., Dunn said.

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Posted by jupiter
a resident of Gemello
on May 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Doesn't Lechuga mean Lettuce? Wow, Mr.Lettuce Head, was driving drunk and got stuck in the tracks. Good going, Mr.Lettuce Head.


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