A suspected drunk driver was seriously injured in a crash in Encinitas early Sunday morning, sheriff’s department officials said.
The single-vehicle collision happened in the 1600 block of Olivenhain Road near Amargosa Drive just after 4 a.m.
A 23-year-old woman, suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, was driving a Ford Expedition when she lost control of her car and struck and jumped a curb. Her car then struck a retaining wall and a tree, causing the Expedition to rollover and land on its side.
According to deputies, the woman was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the car. She was the only person inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. No other cars were involved.
The woman sustained serious facial and internal injuries and was airlifted to Scripps Hospital. Officials say she is expected to live.
Alcohol was a suspected factor in the crash. The woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI and will be taken into custody after she’s released from the hospital.
Officials say she was also driving on a suspended license from a prior DUI and was currently on DUI probation. The woman’s name was not released.