A Grass Valley man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle that had slowed for a construction zone.
The collision occurred about 1:22 a.m. Wednesday on southbound Highway 49, south of Tadpole Creek Road, in Nevada County. Trevor J. Mackey, 21, was driving a Honda sedan southbound when a pickup in front of him slowed for traffic that was stopped due to construction work.
Traveling at a highway speed, Mackey’s Honda struck the rear of the Chevy pickup driven by Ross W. Coffee, 52 of Grass Valley, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.
Coffee suffered a cut to the head and complained of pain to the head, neck and back. Mackey suffered a possible broken arm, abrasions from the seat belt and complained of pain to his chest, according to the CHP. Both men were transported by ambulance to Sutter Roseville Medical Center.
Mackey was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and released to the medical center due to his injuries, CHP officials said.
The southbound lane of Highway 49 was closed for about an hour with one-way traffic controls in place.