Several passengers were injured in a suspected DUI crash in Oceanside Friday night, including one passenger whose foot was severed in the wreck, according to police.
The Oceanside Police Department said the crash happened around 10:30 p.m. on State Route 76 and Canyon Drive. It involved a single SUV carrying four people, including a driver suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.( Sat Feb 08 10:54:28 PST 2014 $__output )
Police said the vehicle was traveling a high rate of speed when the driver lost control and plowed into a telephone pole. The occupants became stuck inside the car and had to be extricated from the wreckage by emergency crews. Police said the process took about an hour to complete.
Three people were transported to local hospitals, two by helicopter and one by ambulance. Police said one of the passengers suffered a severed foot in the crash, among other injuries.
The driver was treated on scene for minor injuries and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
The current conditions of the passengers are unknown. The DUI suspect’s name was not immediately released.