The rental car of a suspected drunken motorist that ran off the road and into a tree on Thursday was located southwest of Grass Valley thanks to an onboard crash-activated locater system.
The California Highway Patrol said that at 4:25 a.m. Thursday Justin E. LeLacheur, 25, of South Beach, Ore., was driving a car westbound on McCourtney Road at a high rate of speed. His car entered a sweeping left curve near Patterson Valley Road when LeLacheur lost control of his car and left the roadway.
All airbags, including those protecting his 23-year-old female passenger from Yuba City, deployed when the car hit a tree. The car was out-of-sight from the roadway but the CHP said in a press release that an OnStar system activated in the vehicle, alerting emergency personnel to the car’s location.
Medical personnel, along with CHP, responded to the scene. Both the driver and passenger were flown by helicopter to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
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The CHP said that LeLacheur, who suffered possible internal injuries, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. His passenger suffered similar injuries.