Suspected drunk driver crashes into Caruthers jalapeno field and dies

A possible drunk driver died Saturday morning when he drove off Elm Ave. and into a jalapeno field near Kamm Ave., just south of Caruthers.

CHP officers say the Riverdale man lost control and flipped into the field sometime between 2 and 3 a.m., but nobody noticed until almost 5 a.m. when a witness on his way to work reported a fire in the field.

The pickup had burst into flames and officers found 28-year-old Jesus Rodriguez ejected from the pickup into the crops.

Caruthers Towing shared photos from the scene showing the damage to the pickup.

Firefighters searched the field for a possible second victim, but they didn't find anyone else.

CHP officers say Rodriguez wasn't wearing his seat belt and they suspect he'd been driving drunk.
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