Sources have told a New York Criminal Lawyer that a California man was arrested late Thursday following a vehicle crash that left three people injured including the man that officers say caused the crash. At approximately 8:35 p.m. Wednesday evening, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) began receiving reports of a vehicle on northbound 101 driving in the wrong direction. As officers were en route to the location stated in the reports, they began hearing additional reports of a four or five vehicle collision in the vicinity of the location of the previous reports.
During the course of their investigation, CHP officers learned that as the vehicle that had been driving in the wrong direction entered the freeway, it had struck a vehicle and as it traveled the wrong way, it had struck two additional vehicles. It was after this that the driver of the vehicle reportedly lost control, struck the center divider, and rolled over multiple times, witnesses explained to a NY Criminal Attorney.
First responders on the scene used the jaws-of-life to extricate the wrong way driver from his vehicle. The man received a broken leg and multiple facial fractures, but before being transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment, he was arrested for “suspicion of felony DUI and driving without a license,” officers reported. A person riding in the vehicle was also taken the hospital to be treated for cuts. That person was later released from the hospital.
The driver of one of the vehicles that was struck by the DWI suspect also had to be extricated from her vehicle. She sustained a broken leg and hip. No one else involved in the crash sustained any injuries.
A few of the eyewitnesses of the crash spoke with the New York Criminal Lawyer. One eyewitness stated that she was just trying to get out of the way of the oncoming vehicle and that she was afraid that someone was going to get hurt. Another witness commented that the wrong way driver had barely missed him by inches.
Traffic was affected for about three hours as CHP completed their investigation and the accident debris was cleaned up by workers.
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