H-SANTA MARIA

Oct 19, 2013 3:54 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

CHP: Suspected DUI driver arrested, hospitalized after head-on collision

The California Highway Patrol is investigating a head on collision that happened early Saturday morning in Santa Maria and sent one person to the hospital.

It happened around 3:10 a.m. Saturday on Betteravia Road, just west of Sinton.

Officers say a 24-year-old from Guadalupe was driving a two axle 2000 Freightliner that was pulling a two axle International trailer loaded with a farm tractor. He was travelling westbound on Betteravia at about 20 miles per hour in heavy fog.

A 62-year-old from Lompoc was driving a 1991 Jeep Cherokee on the eastbound side of the road, but he drifted into the westbound lane and caused a head-on collision.

The driver of the Freightliner was wearing a seatbelt and has minor injuries. The driver of the Jeep was not wearing his seatbelt, and he sustained major injuries. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Officers haven't released any information on how he's doing now.

Santa Maria City Fire, Santa Barbara County Fire, and Guadalupe Fire had to extricate him from the car.

He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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