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Wrong-way driver under the influence causes head-on crash in Phelan

PHELAN, Calif. ( — Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in a wrong-way crash that left a 32-year-old Upland man critically injured Saturday night, officials said.

Officers with the California Highway Patrol and Firefighters with San Bernardino County Fire responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision at about 9:40 pm, on Palmdale Road/SR-18, west of Smith Road in Phelan.

When first responders arrived at the scene, they found a 2011 Ford Edge and a 2009 Pontiac G6 with major damage on opposite shoulders of the roadway on SR-18.

The front-seat passenger of the Pontiac sustained the most severe injuries including a broken leg and facial lacerations, officials said. Due to his injuries, firefighters requested a medical helicopter to land near the scene and airlifted the patient to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. The driver, a 25-year-old woman from Victorville was treated at the scene for the complaint of pain.

The driver of the Ford, Raymond Scarbrough, 53, of Palmdale, CA was transported to a local hospital for complaint of neck pains and later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Through investigation, CHP officers determined the crash was caused by the driver of the Ford who was driving on the wrong side of the roadway as he traveled westbound on SR 18, west of Smith Road.

“As the Ford proceeded into the opposing lane, it subsequently collided with the Pontiac head-on. After the impact of the collision, both vehicles were pushed to opposite shoulder’s of SR-18,” stated a California Highway Patrol news release.

According to public arrests records, Scarbrough was charged with VC23153(A) DUI Alcohol resulting in bodily injury and VC23153(b) DUI of .08 alcohol. He posted bail and was released on April 1, 2018.

The crash remains under investigation by the Victorville CHP office. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call (760)241-2911.


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Article updated on  4/2/2018 @ 9:34am 

Article published on 4/1/2018 @ 13:18

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