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HANFORD — A traffic collision led to one DUI arrest and another arrest for battery on a police officer, according to officials.

On Sunday at around 7:40 p.m., Hanford Police officers said they responded to a report of an injury traffic collision near the intersection of 11th Avenue and Davis Street.

Witnesses said one of the vehicles involved was trying to leave the scene of the accident.

Officers arrived and were only able to speak to one of the drivers. Another driver, Jonathan Collier, 24, came back to the scene after parking his vehicle down the street and out of traffic.

While talking to Collier, officers noticed he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Officers said they performed field sobriety tests on Collier before arresting him on suspicion of felony DUI and being an unlicensed driver.

According to police, Collier is believed to have caused the collision by driving into the opposite lane of traffic while trying to turn westbound onto Davis Street from southbound 11th Avenue.

Officers investigating the collision found Collier's vehicle and began to process it for evidence.

As they were collecting evidence, police said a woman came running out of a nearby apartment and tried to stop them.

Tania Diaz-Herrera, 26, told officers the vehicle was hers. Officers said they believe she was intoxicated.

Officers told Diaz-Herrera to stand back, but she refused. She tried to lock the vehicle to halt their search and prevent the car from being towed.

Police said Diaz-Herrera fought with them and dug her nails into one officer’s arm, causing injury.

Officials said Diaz-Herrera was eventually subdued and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of battery on a peace officer and resisting arrest.

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