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Police blame drunk driver for crash that hurt 3 on El Paso’s North Desert Blvd.

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The scene of a multi-car crash on North Desert.

UPDATE, Dec. 15: Police on Tuesday said a suspected drunk driver was to blame for triggering a 3-car crash the night before that injured several people in the 5500 Block of North Desert near Redd Road.

38–year-old Andres Gilberto Menchaca of El Paso was being held in the downtown jail on $75,000 bond on a charge of intoxication assault with a motor vehicle.

Investigators said Menchaca's pickup truck rear-ended a car stopped at a traffic light, forcing that car into another vehicle.

Three people were injured, one of them seriously, police said.

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(Andres Gilberto Menchaca, suspected drunk driver. Photo: EPPD mugshot)

ORIGINAL REPORT, Dec. 14: EL PASO, Texas -- A three-car crash Monday evening in the 5550 block of North Desert Boulevard at Redd Road resulted in a road closure and sent three people to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, fire officials said.

North Desert was closed between Redd Road and Thorn Avenue for police traffic investigators for about five hours. It finally reopened about 10 p.m., according to a police tweet.

Police had detoured traffic onto Thorn throguhout the closure and traffic was backed up from Thorn to Mesa during the evening commute.

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