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2 injured in suspected wrong-way, DUI crash near Santa Barbara

Posted at 8:14 AM, Jun 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-08 11:14:16-04

A Goleta man is under arrest, accused of being drunk and driving the wrong-way on two different highways before crashing head-on into another vehicle early Friday morning near Santa Barbara.  

Officers with the California Highway Patrol says Grady James Hocking, 21, was first driving the wrong way on Highway 101 before then turning onto Highway 217 and heading westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m., officers say Grady crashed head-on into another vehicle driven by a 53-year-old Oxnard man, who reportedly suffered a broken leg in the collision. 

Despite both men wearing seatbelts, their injuries were described as major, according to CHP, with Grady reportedly fracturing his sternum. 

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

The eastbound Highway 217 interchange was closed for about an hour due to CHP’s investigation, but officers say traffic was not impacted by the closure.