Two crashes occurred on Hill roads over the last week with one of them resulting in an arrest for suspected driving under the influence, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Nuñez.
At 4:25 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, Garrison Osburn, 31, of Ramona, was driving a white 2016 Ford F150 pickup truck eastbound on Highway 74 at mile marker 76, when, for unknown reasons, he caused his vehicle to turn off the roadway and subsequently crash into a drainage ditch. Osburn complained of back pain and was transported by American Medical Response ambulance to the Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, nor were there passengers in Osburn’s vehicle.
At 9:20 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Steven Harvert, 52, of Anza, was driving a red 2000 Dodge Ram pickup truck eastbound on Highway 74 at mile marker 77, when he allowed his vehicle to drift off the roadway causing it to strike a wood and metal guard rail. Harvert sustained a large contusion to his forehead and a possible broken back in the crash.
He was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and transported by AMR to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs where he was “released to the care of the hospital,” according to Nuñez, because of the seriousness of his injuries. Harvert will have a court date for his suspected DUI.