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Intelligence agency sub-director arrested for suspected drunk driving following crash

Jorge Torres, assistant director of Costa Rica’s Department of Intelligence and Security (DIS), was arrested Sunday night after causing an accident while apparently driving under the influence of alcohol.

Torres crashed his car into another vehicle near the catholic church of San Antonio de Escazú, southwest of San José.

The DIS officer refused a breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident, according to Traffic Police officers. Both drivers were treated by Red Cross personnel, but no serious injuries were reported.

Torres was taken to a criminal court in Goicoechea, north of San José, where a blood sample was taken. Results are pending.

Torres was released in the early hours Monday and now will face charges for reckless driving. More charges could be pending.

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