MURRIETTA (CNS) – A man undergoing detoxification from pain medication
intentionally drove his car head-on into another car today, stabbed the other
driver, then stabbed himself in the neck with a cordless drill, authorities
Deputies went to the 32200 block of Safflower Street in unincorporated
French Valley at 11:55 a.m. in response to a report of a traffic collision that
caused injuries, said Riverside sheriff’s Sgt. Jon Wade.
Homeowners were attempting to detain Garrie Apengren, Jr., 38, of
Menifee, who was bleeding from the neck as a result of the drill wounds, Wade
said. Apengren was taken into custody, then taken to a local hospital.
The deputies learned Apengren was going through detoxification from pain
medication and had not slept in three or four days, Wade said.
As a result, he began hallucinating and intentionally drove his car head-
on into another car, injuring its two occupants, Wade said. Apengren also
stabbed the driver with an unknown object and attempted to stab the passenger,
Apengren was placed on a mental evaluation hold and was expected to be
booked at the Southwest Detention Center on four counts of assault with a
deadly weapon, Wade said.
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