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Motorcyclist who survived head-on collision suspected of DUI

Police in Nevada County say that a motorcyclist who was in a head-on collision may have been operating his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol. The 65-year-old Harley-Davidson enthusiast, who got into a head-on collision with a Ford F-150 truck last Friday afternoon was seriously injured as a result of the crash, and very lucky to survive.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision happened at approximately 2:47 p.m. The man was riding his Harley away from the Nevada County Fairgrounds when he suddenly lost control of the bike, crossed into oncoming traffic and directly struck the Ford F-150 head-on. The 39-year-old man driving the pickup truck tried to stop to avoid the crash, but he didn't succeed.

The 65-year-old biker was ejected from his bike and onto the road, and suffered serious injuries. The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries and his passenger escaped unharmed.

The California Highway Patrol performed a preliminary investigation on the crash scene. They suspect that the Harley driver was operating his motorcycle under the influence of alcohol and speeding. He was arrested at the accident scene on a suspected misdemeanor DUI charge; however, police released him to emergency responders so he could receive treatment for his injuries. He was flown by helicopter to the hospital.

Just because a driver is accused of DUI does not mean that he or she will be found guilty of the charges in court. Indeed, every California resident accused of a crime will have the opportunity to defend him- or herself against the charges in court with the aid of a criminal defense lawyer.

Source:, "Motorcyclist injured in head-on collision in Nevada County suspected of DUI," Cathy Locke, Dec. 02, 2016

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