LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The driver arrested for suspected DUI on Wednesday morning after a three-car crash and six-hour freeway closure is a Las Vegas Metro police officer, the 8 News Now Investigators confirmed.
Officer Benjamin Coreas, 24, was booked into jail on charges of DUI liquor, reckless driving, and failure to decrease speed and use due care, a city spokesperson confirmed. The charges are misdemeanors.
At least one driver was critically hurt in the crash on U.S. 95 near the Rainbow Curve, Nevada State Police Trooper Ashlee Wellman said. The crash happened around 4:45 a.m.
Witnesses told troopers a driver of a Jeep, later identified as Coreas, struck the rear of a silver Toyota, which ended up on the Summerlin Parkway off-ramp, Wellman said. Coreas overcorrected and overturned on the freeway and another car then hit him. That driver suffered critical injuries. A dog in the vehicle was not injured.
Wellman said Coreas showed signs of impairment and was arrested at the scene.
The closure caused major traffic delays for morning commuters. The injured driver’s status was unknown as of Wednesday evening.
Coreas has been employed with Metro since 2020, the department said. He is assigned to South Central Area Command.