Two people were arrested March 6 following an accident at 1300 South and Main Street in Richfield.

The accident occurred as a 2010 Ford Focus driven by Matthew Hatch, 34, Salina, failed to stop at a traffic signal. Hatch was headed north, went through a red light and collided with an eastbound vehicle, according to Richfield City Police. 

The second vehicle, a 2009 Ford Edge, was then pushed into a 2007 Saturn Vue.

An ambulance responded, but no one was transported to the hospital. 

Hatch was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, failure to yield/stop at sign, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance-heroin. 

A passenger in Hatch’s vehicle, Jeremy Syddall, 30, Richfield, was also arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, with intent to distribute and possession of a controlled substance-heroin with intent to distribute.

“We were lucky that the injuries were not more serious,” said Det. Jason Haywood, Richfield City Police. “This is a prime example of why it’s still important to enforce our DUI laws, whether it’s drugs or alcohol.”

Hatch is the department’s 33rd DUI arrest since Jan. 1. 

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