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UPDATE: Columbia man arrested in connection with second-degree assault

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | 10:57 a.m. CDT; updated 11:18 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 8, 2010

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include information on Rojas-Sion's citizenship status.

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of second-degree assault related to an injury accident at Business Loop 70 West and Providence Road, according to police.

Alfredo Rojas-Sion was driving a Chevrolet truck when he hit a Volkswagen Jetta and caused heavy vehicle damages at approximately 1:45 a.m., Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said in an e-mail. Two victims in the Jetta were injured.

Haden said a witness saw Rojas-Sion traveling north on Providence Road when he failed to stop at a flashing red light. She said that Rojas-Sion made incriminating statements saying that he was intoxicated at the time.

The 30-year-old male driver of the Jetta and a 37-year-old female passenger complained of pain at the time of the collision. Medics were called to the scene, Haden said in the e-mail.

The truck had front end damage, and the Jetta had both front and side damage.

As of Monday morning, Rojas-Sion was at Boone County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He was charged with two counts of second-degree assaulton suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in injury.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has placed an immigration detainer on Rojas-Sion, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Department website, which means the agency will determine whether he could be deported if convicted. Major Tom Reddin of the Boone County Sheriff's Department said Rojas-Sion is an illegal immigrant.

Rojas-Sion has no prior criminal record in Missouri, according to Missouri Case.net. 


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