Just like countless other weekends, four friends went out to have a good time at a local bar. They had a few drinks and had a few laughs, but the night didn't end like it usually ended.


As Amber Siegrest, 22, was driving her friends home in her Ford Bronco along I Avenue in January, officials said she lost control, rolling the Bronco several times and killing two of her friends. She was driving while intoxicated, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials, and is now facing the possibility of spending up to 10 years in state prison.


On Tuesday afternoon, deputies with the Hesperia station arrested Siegrest for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the deaths of Anthony Kaminski, 22, of Victorville, and Truman Switzer, 24, of Apple Valley. Mark Beltran, 31, of Oak Hills, was also injured in the crash but he was released from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center hours after the incident.


Siegrest is currently being held at West Valley Detention Center on $300,000 bail. She is scheduled to be in court on Monday.


These were deaths that did not have to occur, Sgt. John Mattke of the Hesperia station said, if they would have had a sober driver.


With more enforcement and a spotlight being placed on drunken driving, the number of driving under the influence arrests in San Bernardino County has decreased dramatically, according to the California Highway Patrol.


In 2008 during the summer and Labor Day enforcement, officials made 821 arrests. That number plummeted to 220 last year during the same enforcement period.


But authorities state driving while intoxicated is still a problem.


According to officials, Siegrest's group was leaving the Rocks Club in Hesperia on Jan. 17. Siegrest was driving south on I Avenue when she drove onto the east shoulder, sending the Bronco tumbling nearly four times before coming to rest near Alston Street.


Kaminski was pronounced dead at the scene and the remaining three were taken to trauma centers, including Siegrest. Switzer died a few hours later at Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville.


Officials recommend if anyone plans on drinking to always have a designated sober driver. They also ask anyone who believes they see a drunken driver on the roadways to call 911 immediately.


Beatriz E. Valenzuela may be reached at 951-6276 or at BValenzuela@VVDailyPress.com.