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DUI arrest made in crash on Palm Beach Boulevard Thursday night

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Posted at 11:23 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 11:23:59-05

LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- A Fort Myers man is facing multiple charges, including DUI, after troopers say he caused a multi-vehicle crash on Palm Beach Boulevard.

55-year-old Ruben Cortez is charged with DUI, DUI Property Damage, Driving While License Suspended, and Careless Driving.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, around 7 p.m., Cortez was driving eastbound on Palm Beach Boulevard/S.R. 80 when an SUV pulled out from a shopping center parking lot, going eastbound in front of Cortez.

Troopers say Cortez's pickup truck crashed into the rear of the SUV, pushing it into two vehicles stopped for traffic on S.R. 80.

Cortez sustained a minor injury and was arrested at the scene.

Two occupants of the SUV were seriously injured and taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. Four people in one of the other vehicles were also taken to Lee Memorial for injuries, three of them serious.