A Tehachapi man has been arrested on charges of driving under the influence following a head-on collision on Highway 202 yesterday afternoon.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident took place at 4:05 p.m. on Jan. 15 when Daniel Bohl was traveling eastbound on Highway 202 in the area of Reeves Street, west of the Tehachapi city limits. The CHP said Bohl allowed his vehicle, a 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, to veer to the left and enter the westbound lane where it collided with a 2001 Toyota Tundra that was traveling westbound. Toyota was drive by Tehachapi resident Victor Austin.
The collision resulted in the temporary closure of the highway and a great deal of traffic in the vicinity.
Victor Austin and his passenger Dorothy Austin were transported to Kern Medical Center with moderate injuries according to the CHP, and were both wearing seatbelts.
The investigating officer suspects the use of alcohol by Bohl was the cause of this collision. Bohl was transported to Kern Medical Center by Mercy Air helicopter and subsequently placed under arrest for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. His injuries were described as moderate.
The California Highway Patrol reminds all motorists that drinking alcoholic beverages and driving is not only illegal, but extremely dangerous. If a driver injures or kills someone as a result of drunk driving it is a felony in the state of California. If a drunk driver kills someone it may result in a charge of second degree murder.Please remember to not drink and drive, and always designate a sober driver, the CHP advises.