Jul 24, 2010 1:20 AM by Andy Koen
When the suspected drunk driver who ran away from the scene of a three car accident Friday afternoon that the police say he caused, he probably had no idea that the tool shed he was hiding in belonged to a licensed drug and alcohol counselor.
"Maybe this guy was looking for some help, I don't know," said Jean Manther.
When officers cornered Jose Jesus Rincon, 47, on Manther's property, he refused to come out of the shed and had to be physically removed and taken into custody. The police say he remained "extremely combative" on his way to the hospital.
Detectives with the Major Accident Unit believe Rincon was driving north on Prospect Street in a pale green Honda Accord when he ran a stop sign and a road closed barrier, crossed into Boulder Street and hit a Ford F-350 pickup truck.
Rincon's car hit with enough force that it pushed the pickup into a Dodge Caravan that was in the neighboring lane. The pickup then spun out of control and rolled, pinning its driver on the ground.
Both the driver of the pickup and the driver of the minivan were injured, along with Rincon and his two passengers.
The accident happened directly in front of Dave Richeson's home. The retired Air Force veteran was having lunch with a friend at the time and immediately ran outside to help. The first car he stopped at was Rincon's.
"He was helping me help the two people in the car with him and then I ran over to the other two vehicles and when I came back from helping the guy that was pinned under the bigger vehicle I didn't see him and then I had heard he had taken off," Richeson said.
By then paramedics had arrived and Richeson began looking for Rincon.
"The lady that was with them seemed real concerned and agitated and I told her we need to find him, thinking of his own safety," Richeson said.
He decided to go door to door asking neighbors to keep an eye out. The first house he stopped at was Manther's. She says her dog Ketu saved the day.
Manther noticed Ketu was sniffing around the tool shed when Richeson approached her. When she told him about it, Richeson who ran to alert the police.
Manther says there is no mistaking the irony of having a suspected drunk driver hide from police on the property of an alcohol addiction counselor.
"I certainly hope he gets his help," she said. "And I certainly hope nobody was permanently injured ...in this accident."
Rincon faces charges of felony vehicular assault, driving under the influence of alcohol, excessive alcohol content, hit and run and resisting arrest.
At last report, the driver of the pickup was said to be in critical condition at Memorial Hosptial.