From the California Highway Patrol:
A DUI driver of a vehicle that was involved in an injury traffic collision on Tuesday was placed under arrest by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) after the driver attempted to flee the scene on foot.
On Tuesday, December 17, just prior to 3 p.m., a 1990 Toyota pickup truck driven by 57 year old Ronald George Owings of Eureka was traveling northbound on US-101, just north of Singley Road. Due to Owings level of drug impairment, he allowed the Toyota to exit the east edge of the roadway and drive up an embankment. The Toyota briefly reentered US-101 and again drove off the east edge of the roadway and down an embankment where it came to rest against a tree. A CHP Humboldt Area unit was in the area at the time of the collision and arrived on-scene shortly after the collision occurred. Upon the CHP officer's arrival, Owings attempted to flee the scene on foot and led the CHP officer on a short foot pursuit. The CHP officer was able to gain control of Owings and place him under arrest without further incident. Owings was transported by ambulance to Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna with minor to moderate complaint of pain injuries as a result of the traffic collision. Owings' two passengers, 26 year old Eleesha Dawn Littleboy of Fortuna and 42 year old Thomas Woodhill Hicks of Eureka, were transported by ambulance to Redwood Memorial Hospital with minor complaint of pain injuries. Subsequent to Owings being evaluated for his injures, he was released from the hospital and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on charges including felony DUI, felony hit-and-run, delaying/obstructing/resisting a peace officer, possession of syringes, no proof of insurance, and driver’s license not in possession.
The CHP would like to thank the numerous law enforcement agencies and first responders that promptly responded to assist with this incident including the Department of Fish and Wildlife, Humboldt County Sheriff Department, Fortuna Police Department, Calfire, and City Ambulance of Eureka.
The CHP reminds motorists that DUI is a leading cause of traffic collisions resulting in injury and death. If you suspect a driver to be DUI, notify law enforcement immediately by dialing 9-1-1.