By John Clark
After originally arresting a man for causing a fatal DUI accident last week, police in Fresno, California, have switched their tune and arrested the man’s son, according to a report from the Fresno Bee.
Sources say that 50-year-old Mark Marin was originally suspected to be behind the wheel of a vehicle that ran a red light, made a speedy turn, and hit another vehicle that was driving in the opposite direction on a Fresno road.
The accident occurred early last Thursday morning, and after Marin’s vehicle hit the car, it careened into a cinder block wall, according to sources.
Tragically, the impact of the collision killed 27-year-old Morgan Santor, a resident of Fresno who was a passenger in Marin’s car at the time of the accident.
After the accident, the Marins made two very poor decisions. First, Mark Marin reportedly fled from the scene of the accident, which is a serious offense in most states, particularly if the accident involves death or bodily harm to another person.
But Marin, as is typical for people who flee from the scene of a DUI accident, did not elude police for long. Sources say the man was arrested by alert police officers at a nearby home shortly after the accident.
Meanwhile, Marin’s son, Randy, had remained at the scene of the accident, and apparently took full advantage of the opportunity to speak with the police first.
At the scene, Randy Marin allegedly told crash investigators that his father, who has had previous drunk driving incidents, was behind the wheel of the car when the fatal accident occurred.
The 26-year-old’s story was apparently fairly convincing, as police promptly arrested Mark Marin and left his son free to roam the streets of Fresno telling more tall tales.
One day after the arrest, however, police received new information from several witnesses who claimed that Randy Marin, not his father, was driving the car when it struck the cinder block wall.
This testimony proved to be convincing, which led police to arrest Randy Marin Friday night in Los Banos, California. Sources say the son is being held in Fresno County jail on one felony DUI count and one count of vehicular manslaughter.
Interestingly, the father, Mark Marin, will remain in custody indefinitely because he was in violation of a his probation, which certainly explains why he felt compelled to run from the police.
To add further intrigue to the bizarre accident, the other driver involved in the accident, a 24-year-old woman from Fresno, was also arrested for a misdemeanor DUI. She did not, however, pin the accident on an illusory driver.