North San Juan firefighters responded to a vehicle accident on Pine Grove Reservoir Road at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, and the driver ended up in custody on DUI charges.
The first unit on scene found a Chevrolet Suburban crashed into a tree with the injured driver stuck between the seats and dashboard, said North San Juan Fire spokesman Christoffer Montelius. Firefighters extricated the patient, who was treated and transported by Sierra Nevada hospital ambulance to Station 3 on Tyler Foote Road where he was transferred to an air ambulance and flown to a trauma center.
The driver, identified as William Armijo, 42, of Penn Valley, was not wearing a seatbelt, said CHP spokesman Greg Tassone. He sustained moderate injuries and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence before being released for treatment at Sutter Roseville Medical Center.