A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Wednesday morning after crashing a vehicle into a tree and abandoning a passenger who suffered major injuries near Felton in unincorporated Santa Cruz County, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The victim, a 22-year-old Mountain View man, was transported to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. An update on his condition wasn't available as of Thursday morning.
CHP officials said the crash was reported at 8:39 a.m. on Jan. 9 on Mount Hernon Road just east of Graham Hill Road. The driver, a Monterey resident, fled the scene after the crash and was later seen by witnesses behind a CVS store changing his clothes.
Officers who arrived to speak to the driver noted signs of drug impairment and took him into custody.