Friday, 08 December 2023

Driver faces felony DUI charges in crash

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE – A Clearlake man is being charged with felony driving under the influence following a Tuesday crash.

Adam Jessen, 29, will face felony DUI and child endangerment once he's released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of injuries following the crash, which occurred at 2:56 p.m. Tuesday, said California Highway Patrol Officer Adam Garcia.

Garcia said Jessen was driving his 1986 Mercury north on Highway 29 north of Spruce Grove Road, just outside of Hidden Valley Lake, when his vehicle drifted onto the east shoulder.

Jessen attempted to correct the vehicle's path and crossed opposing traffic, going over the west side of the highway and rolling over a couple of times before coming to rest on its wheels approximately 80 feet down a steep embankment, according to Garcia.

An air ambulance transported Jessen to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with severe but not life-threatening injuries, Garcia reported. A 4-year-old female passenger riding with Jessen sustained minor to moderate injuries and was taken to Redbud Community Hospital by South Lake County Fire Protection District ambulance.

Garcia said Jessen is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

Officer Robert Hearn is investigating the incident, Garcia said.

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