DUI Alleged in Head-On Injury Crash Upvalley

A 51-year-old Santa Rosa woman was hurt Saturday night in a collision on Mount St. Helena that resulted in the arrest of a 50-year-old Herlong (Lassen County) man on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A collision on Mount St. Helena Saturday night sent a Santa Rosa woman to Queen of the Valley Medical Center and a Lassen County man to the Napa County Department of Corrections.

California Highway Patrol Officer Garret Ray said the crash took place on Highway 29 north of Tubbs Lane at about 9:30 p.m. when a 1998 Dodge Dakota pickup truck driven by 50-year-old Mark Carpenter of Herlong crossed the double yellow center lines and struck a 1997 Nissan Quest head-on.

The Nissan driver, 51-year-old Sasan Barrow, was taken to the Queen as a precaution after suffering minor injuries and Carpenter was arrested on suspicion of DUI, Ray said.

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wiseone October 30, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs costs so much in terms of the pain,suffering and loss of lives. Perhaps technology will change some of this as "driver-less" cars and cars that don't operate unless the driver passes a breathalyzer test are being developed. In the meantime, folks, please don't drink and drive or do drugs and drive. Get a designated driver and/or arrange for alternate transportation on Halloween. Glad to see that nobody was killed or seriously hurt in this accident. It could have been otherwise, as it so often is.
Belle (Orchid Lady) October 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Amen wise one. Great advice! I'm also happy that there weren't more serious injuries.
Steven Grant Stratford October 31, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Talking on a cell phone or texting are equally dangerous!
bucket October 31, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Steve...I agree, but seems half the folks on the road have their cell phone up to their ear....they don't even try to hide it. Why do some folks comply to the law paying for the blue tooth and or ear pieces yet some just ignore? Seems there is no enforcement. I would like to know just how many tickets have been given out and why there isn't more news about it.... My job takes me to travel our roads all day, so many drivers busy on their phones. Stop lights turn green yet they sit playing on their phones until someone beeps at them. Some going through lights while they stare at their phone. It makes me crazy seeing all the folks driving about chatting as if they don't even know or care that they are endangering all and breaking the law. I know there are emergencies, but every where I go folks are on their phones. At the grocery store, one hand on the cart and the other with the phone to their ear going up and down the isles, even at check out counter, she never stopped talking...While I was at lunch yesterday a guy talking all through the entire lunch, and when I was at the clothing store...wow, what is the emergency? These folks look rediculous....Shoot what did we do, how did we get along without cell phones for so many years? People don't even consider others anymore and go on with their rude behavior. Steven, cell phones are not dangerous, they have their uses, it is the ignorant user that is dangerous. Your point is well taken though!


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