A motorist received major injuries Sunday morning, Aug. 4 when the vehicle he was in flipped over on Murray Road west of Fieldbrook. Alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.
At about 12:50 am, James Albert Leach Jr. of Eureka was driving his 1987 Datsun westbound on Murray Road,west of Fieldbrook.
For reasons still under investigation, Leach failed to maintain control of his vehicle and overturned onto the roadway. He was partially ejected from his vehicle, subsequently sustaining major injuries.
Leach was extricated from his vehicle by emergency personnel and transported by ambulance to Mad River Community Hospital. Leach is believed to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision. The CHP is investigating the crash as a case of a driver under the influence.
Murray Road was closed in both directions for approximately one hour as a result of this traffic collision. While working this emergency scene, CHP officers made an unrelated arrest of a second intoxicated driver who drove upon the closed collision scene.
The California Highway Patrol Humboldt Area responded to the scene and is conducting the investigation. Emergency personnel from the Arcata Fire Department, the Fieldbrook Volunteer Fire Department, and Arcata-Mad River Ambulance also responded and provided vehicle stabilization, occupant extrication, and medical treatment.