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Man hides in field after flipping car on Highway 126

Posted: August 26, 2012 5:06 p.m.
Updated: August 26, 2012 5:06 p.m.

A motorist who crashed his car on Highway 126, then reportedly ran from the crash and hid in a field is now in custody, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol said.

The driver, described as a man in his early 20s, suffered minor injuries and was taken by paramedics of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, officials said.

“It was just minor injuries,” said Inspector Bernard Peters of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

At 2:52 p.m., officers of the California Highway Patrol received a call from a motorist on Highway 126 that a Saturn lost control on the highway and flipped over, according to the CHP.

“He crashed his car and then he ran away from from the crash and went into a field,” CHP Sgt. Diana Johnson said Sunday.

“Then, in a fashion, we tracked him down,” she said, adding that charges against the man are pending.

The man was injured, taken into custody, then transported to hospital late Sunday afternoon, Johnson said.

He apparently lost control of his Saturn while traveling on Highway 126, struck a hill and flipped over near the Ventura County line, according to officials.

One witness, according to preliminary CHP reports, said he saw the driver drifting back and forth on the highway then, went up an embankment and flipped.

The witness told CHP officers he saw the driver running from the crash and that the driver suffered injuries to his arm, hand, face and nose.

CHP officers were told the driver had also suffered a cut to his left cheek.

The Saturn was found on its roof by emergency response crews in the westbound lanes of the highway just west of San Martinez Road.

At 4 p.m., sheriff’s deputies informed the CHP that they had one person in custody with regards to the crash.



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