A Nevada County man has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs following a single-vehicle crash in which he and two boys, ages 11 and 12, were injured.
The crash was reported about 5:10 p.m. Wednesday on Perimeter Road, east of Austin Ranch Road, in a rural area south of Penn Valley. Jeffrey Shilling, 49, was driving a 2017 GMC Sierra westbound on Perimeter Road and was on a downgrade when he allowed the vehicle to drift to the left across the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. The GMC left the road, striking a hillside and a tree.
Neither Shilling nor his passengers were wearing their seat belts, according to the CHP.
Shilling suffered major injuries in the crash and was flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, the news release said. The two boys were taken to the medical center by ground ambulance with minor to moderate injuries.
Because of the injuries to the juveniles, Shilling was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI from drug impairment, according to the CHP. He was released to the medical center for treatment of his injuries.