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Suspected DUI driver speeds, crashes, gets major injuries

A suspected DUI driver in Redding drove in excess of 100 mph and nearly hits other cars, but eventually gets injured after crashing, according to California Highway Patrol.

Posted: Jan 28, 2018 11:34 AM
Updated: Jan 28, 2018 5:34 PM

A suspected DUI driver in Redding drove in excess of 100 mph and nearly hits other cars, but eventually gets injured after crashing, according to California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said this happened just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday at California State Route 44 just east of Liberty Street.

A CHP helicopter was on routine patrol observing a 2004 Audi passing Churn Creek Road at a speed of 100 mph, according to CHP.

The Audi driven by 21-year-old Lance Jones, nearly collided with other vehicles on three separate occasions between Interstate 5 and Sundial Bridge Drive, according to CHP.

Officers said the CHP helicopter then saw the Audi collide with the center median divider wall, east of Liberty Street. Jones’s car then jumped over the wall, landing on the eastbound lanes of State Route 44 and later came to rest on its roof.

Luckily no other vehicles were involved in the crash and Jones did not have passengers in the Audi.

Authorities later contacted Jones, who admitted was intoxicated while driving the Audi.

During an interview with the suspect, authorities noticed Jones attempting to walk away from the scene, which prompted CHP to arrest him, said CHP.

Jones was then taken by ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for his major injuries.

Jones was released to the custody of the hospital and a complaint will be filed against Jones for DUI, driving while unlicensed and having no insurance.

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