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Bicyclist could face DUI charges in crash near Nevada City

A bicyclist suspected of being under the influence of alcohol suffered major injuries Tuesday morning when the bicycle he was riding overturned near Nevada City.

The crash occurred as

Robert M. Sponder, 49, of Penn Valley was riding west on Boulder Street, just west of Red Dog Road, heading toward Nevada City about 11:40 a.m. The bicycle overturned into the roadway, according to a California Highway Patrol news release. Sponder, who the CHP said was drunk, struck his head on asphalt and suffered major head injuries.

Passers-by found him in the roadway and called 911.

Fire department and emergency medical personnel responded, along with CHP officers. Sponder was taken by ambulance to Nevada County’s Eric Rood Administrative Center, then taken by CHP medical helicopter to a trauma center.

Sponder was wearing a bicycle helmet, but CHP officials said it is unclear whether it was correctly sized or properly worn.

Misdemeanor charges for riding a bicycle under the influence of alcohol are pending, according to the CHP.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy