Lyon County deputies say driver impairment, coupled with too high of speeds, may have contributed to an injury accident in northwest Emporia from early Saturday.
Deputy Zach Shafer says 22-year-old Homero Alarcon of Emporia was northbound in the 2200 block of Lincoln when the accident happened. Alarcon lost control of his 2011 Suzuki near the intersection with 20th Park Place, hitting a retaining wall just northwest of the intersection before the car pivoted and came to rest against a power pole.
It's still unclear when the accident happened. The crash wasn't discovered until a deputy found Alarcon lying down in the middle of Lincoln Street shortly after 3 am. Alarcon was wearing his seat belt when he crashed, and was the only passenger in the vehicle. An initial investigation indicated Alarcon was driving too fast for the curve and lost control; deputies are looking into whether Alarcon was also under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
Alarcon was taken to Newman Regional Health. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.
KVOE News Reporter AJ Dome contributed to this article.