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Big rig driver with BAC allegedly 5 times over legal limit crashes semi on Highway 101 in San Rafael, California

Modified Date: 
Sat, 11/04/2017 - 2:10pm
Accident Date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017

San Rafael big-rig crash snarls Hwy 101 commute; driver suspected of DUI

Richard Earl Long, 56, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI at Marin General Hospital, where he and a passenger were treated for minor injuries following the 8 a.m. crash.

The CHP said the American Canyon man was heading north on the highway when his flatbed truck drifted onto the shoulder near the central San Rafael exit and struck a concrete bridge rail.

The truck, which had a crane affixed to it, landed on its side with its load of steel I-beams still attached. The overturned truck blocked three left lanes of the highway, creating a massive backup during the heart of the morning commute. Southbound traffic also slowed to a crawl.

Stunning DUI Charges In San Rafael Big Rig Crash

The driver’s blood alcohol content was then measured and came back at more than 5 times the legal limit for commercial vehicles (.04%) and more than 2 ½ times the legal limit if he had been driving a passenger car (.08%).

People Involved: 
Richard Earl Long
Roadway: 
Highway 101

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