Alleged drunk driver remains hospitalized after crashing into Redding business
REDDING, Calif., — Authorities say a local man suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol was seriously injured after losing control of his vehicle and smashing head-on into a Redding business Saturday afternoon, May 14.
Although he was arrested at the hospital, the driver was later released to the care of doctors due to his ongoing need for medical care following the crash, according to officials.
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City of Redding police and fire personnel were dispatched to the H&R Block building located at 2643 Bechelli Lane around 3:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a vehicle that had plowed head-on into the building Redding Police Corporal Aaron Hollemon has since reported.
When officials arrived at the scene, they located a black 2019 Chevy Equinox that had slammed into the H&R Block and found that witnesses and good Samaritans had already removed the seriously injured and unconscious driver, Ryan Goodhue, 36, of Redding, from his wrecked vehicle.
Goodhue, who was not wearing a seatbelt when the accident occurred, was rushed by ground ambulance to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of “significant injuries”, according to Holleman, who said Goodhue is expected to survive.
During their subsequent investigation, officers determined that Goodhue had been traveling southbound on Bechelli Lane in his Chevy when, for an unknown reason, he crossed over the two-way left-turn lane and the opposing northbound lanes of traffic.
“Goodhue’s vehicle left the roadway as he drove up onto the sidewalk and collided head-on with the H&R Block building,” Holleman explained, adding, “The building sustained moderate damage, but the business was closed at the time.”
“Alcohol appears to be a factor in the collision at this time,” Holleman went on to say. “Goodhue was placed under arrest for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol by a Redding Police Officer at the hospital but released for continued medical treatment of his injuries sustained in the collision.”
No other injuries were reported as a result of the solo-vehicle crash and Redding PD’s investigation is active and ongoing.
Anyone with further information regarding this accident and arrest is encouraged to contact the Redding Police Department at (530) 225-4200. Callers can refer to incident file number 22R029681 and can remain anonymous.
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Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)
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Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.
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