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Posted: Monday, October 22, 2007 3:06 pm | Updated: 8:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

An illegal immigrant with a history of drunken driving ran a red light and smashed into a car with five people Saturday, police allege.

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Hilario Carlin Cardenas was booked into jail on five counts of endangerment and one count of leaving the scene of an injury accident, according to court documents.

Two occupants of a vehicle that Cardenas struck were taken to local hospitals to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Mesa police allege that Cardenas ran the red light at University Drive as he headed south on Country Club Drive at about 11:30 p.m.

He and his passenger fled but a witness helped police nab him a less than a mile away.

The arresting police officer reported smelling alcohol on Cardenas, who had bloodshot and watery eyes and admitted to drinking earlier in the evening.

A portable breath test, which isn’t admissable at trial but good enough to get a court-ordered blood draw, registered a blood alcohol content of .18 almost four hours after the crash. The legal limit in Arizona is .08.

Cardenas was arrested in 2005 on a suspicion of extreme DUI, or a blood alcohol content of greater than .15, but he failed to show for court proceedings.

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