Man charged with DWI, assault after wreck shuts down I-270 for hours

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by Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 6:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 8:22 AM

(KMOV.com) – One person was arrested after a multi-vehicle wreck shut down Interstate 270 for several hours in north St. Louis County late Tuesday night.

The wreck happened on I-270 at Route 370 in Bridgeton around 11:45 p.m.

According to police, Javier Hernandez was driving eastbound when he lost control of his 2001 Grand Prix and struck a 2000 Ford Explorer, causing it to roll over.

Hernandez was taken into custody and later charged with driving while intoxicated and 2nd-degree felony assault.

The driver of the Explorer suffered minor injuries.

Police say another accident happened moments later after someone in a Mercedes stopped to check on the initial wreck and was struck. No injuries were reported in that incident.

The interstate was shut down for several hours, opening just before 4:00 a.m.

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