Driver in crash faces DUI charge |

Driver in crash faces DUI charge

A man involved in a Highway 49 collision Sunday northwest of Nevada City was in stable condition Tuesday after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Donald Hense, 45, of Middletown in Lake County, was in Sutter Roseville Medical Center Tuesday after being transferred from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital.

Sunday night on Highway 49 northwest of Newtown Road, he allegedly caused a collision when his 1991 Honda sedan crossed the double-yellow lines and struck an oncoming 1985 Toyota pickup, California Highway Patrol Officer Randy Gunning said.

Both vehicles spun and rolled into the ditch.

Hense, who suffered a head laceration, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and released to medical staff at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Gunning said.

The pickup driver, 21-year-old Scott Woods, and his passenger, Crystal Clanton, 18, both of Grass Valley, each suffered minor injuries and got a private ride to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. They were treated and released.

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