Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
Oct 13, 2023 - 11:48AM

For Immediate Release

Washoe County Sheriff's Office Deputies Arrest DUI Driver Who Struck Child Coming Home from School

For media inquiries contact:
Sgt. Kristin Vietti
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-328-6336
Cell: 775-895-0027

On the afternoon of October 12th, WCSO deputies were dispatched to a report of a crash between a vehicle and a pedestrian.
When deputies arrived, they located a juvenile victim being tended to by other juveniles and a school bus driver who, moments prior, had dropped the victim off.
After further investigation on the scene, deputies identified the driver of the vehicle that struck the juvenile victim as 45-year-old Mario Alberto Martinez. Martinez was placed under arrest for driving under the influence, which was his third offense.
The juvenile victim was transported by REMSA to a local hospital for treatment.

The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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