Santana drives into parked car, suffers no injuries

Rock guitarist Carlos Santana drove into a parked car near a well-to-do community in the west Las Vegas Valley on Friday night, a Las Vegas police spokesman said Saturday.

Santana, who was driving alone, was not injured.

It’s not certain whether a sobriety field test was conducted but he was not driving under the influence, said police Lt. Ken Romane.

Details were slim on what exactly occurred near the Ridges, an upscale area of Summerlin. Romane did not know the make of Santana’s vehicle or the extent of damage to the parked car, which was empty.

“He hit a parked car, it was a minor accident, is all,” Romane said, adding that the event was not even “log worthy” — referring to events that are officially recorded by police.

Romane said Santana, 66, was headed home when the accident occurred.

According to his concert schedule, he performed at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on Thursday night and was to perform Saturday night, but he didn’t have a show Friday.

Santana became famous during the 1960s and early 1970s with his band, which performs a blend of rock and Latin American music that is steeped in blues.

Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana in 2003 at number 20 on its list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

Contact reporter Tom Ragan at or 702-224-5512.

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