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Suspected DUI driver suffers major injuries in crash off Highway 101 in Santa Rosa

A man suffered major injuries in a suspected DUI crash on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa late Tuesday morning, the CHP said.

The man, whom police have not identified, was traveling south in a Ford Ranger on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa. Just south of the College Avenue interchange, at around 10:30 a.m., his vehicle left the roadway and slammed into a tree near the on-ramp, said David deRutte, public information officer for the Santa Rosa CHP office.

CHP officers and a unit with the Santa Rosa Fire Department responded, as well as a unit from the Sonoma County Fire District. Battalion Chief Matt Gloeckner said firefighters had to remove a door to extricate the driver from his vehicle.

After the man was transported by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, officers arrested him on a misdemeanor DUI charge, deRutte said. He was released to the hospital’s care.

“There were signs and symptoms of (alcohol),” deRutte said.

You can reach Staff Writer Kaylee Tornay at 707-521-5250 or kaylee.tornay@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @ka_tornay.

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