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Drunken driver illegally enters one-way street, injures himself

A heavily intoxicated 52-year-old man clipped one vehicle and hit another head-on after driving the wrong way on a one-way street Saturday evening in downtown Denton, police spokesman Shane Kizer said.

Kizer said no pedestrians were hit when the man crossed over Locust Street going west on Hickory, which is an eastbound one-way street on the Square. 

The man hit his head on concrete when exiting his truck and was the only person transported to the hospital in the incident, police said.

A driver is loaded into an ambulance Saturday evening on the downtown Square. Police say he was intoxicated when his pickup hit a vehicle head-on while going the wrong way on Hickory Street.DRC
A driver is loaded into an ambulance Saturday evening on the downtown Square. Police say he was intoxicated when his pickup hit a vehicle head-on while going the wrong way on Hickory Street.
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The man has been released from the hospital and was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

The collision happened right before locals gathered for a vigil in solidarity with people who counterprotested against white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia. Police briefly cordoned off the area of the collision, but the vigil was unaffected.  

FEATURED PHOTO: A man driving a pickup went the wrong direction on Hickory Street at the corner of Locust Street and crashed into several other cars on Saturday evening, Denton police said. The driver of the pickup was the only person taken to a hospital, and police said he was "heavily intoxicated." (Jake King/DRC)