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Santa Barbara man hospitalized after high-speed crash

The driver of a vehicle that crashed late Monday night on the northbound El Sueno Road offramp from Highway 101 was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The driver of a vehicle that crashed late Monday night on the northbound El Sueno Road offramp from Highway 101 was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Noozhawk

A driver was taken to the hospital late Monday night after a high-speed crash on a freeway offramp near Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The crash occurred shortly before 11:30 p.m. on the northbound Highway 101 offramp at El Sueno Road, according to California Highway Patrol dispatch.

The vehicle exited the freeway at a high rate of speed, according to Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason, and struck the guard rail with enough force that it dislodge the engine, which ended up in front of a nearby liquor store.

The vehicle also struck two parked cars, CHP said, before overturning and coming to rest on its roof.

The driver, who police said appeared to be intoxicated, was bleeding, and was taken by AMR ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

His name and details on his condition were not available. It also was not known whether the driver was subsequently arrested.

The incident remained under investigation by the CHP.

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