Paso Robles man in critical condition after suspected DUI crash on Hwy. 1

A suspected DUI driver was thrown from his vehicle and suffered a spinal injury in a single-car crash Wednesday morning on Highway 1 north of the elephant seals vista point.

He was remained in the hospital Wednesday evening with major injuries.

At about 9 a.m., Charles Lee Boyd, 44, of Paso Robles was driving a 1989 Mercury Cougar north on Highway 1 south of Ragged Point at a high rate of speed, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release.

According to a preliminary investigation, Boyd drifted to the right and overcorrected to the left, entering the southbound lane. He reportedly steered to the right again to re-enter the northbound lane and slid across both lanes, hitting an embankment and barbed-wire fence and becoming airborne as the car overturned.

The CHP said the force of the impact and the overturning caused Boyd, who was not wearing a seatbelt, to be ejected from the vehicle.

The Mercury sustained major front-end damage before coming to rest on its wheels.

Boyd suffered major injuries including lacerations, fractured ribs, a collapsed lung and a spinal injury. He was taken via ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he remained in the intensive care unit in critical condition Wednesday evening, according to a hospital spokesman.

The CHP said it will file a complaint for DUI charges to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.