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