Man arrested following Highway 101 collision in Templeton

A view of a traffic collision on Highway 101 just north of Vineyard Drive in Templeton.
A view of a traffic collision on Highway 101 just north of Vineyard Drive in Templeton.

UPDATE, 7:17 P.M.: Authorities arrested a Greenfield man Saturday on suspicion of driving without a license under the influence of a controlled substance following a multicar collision on Highway 101 in Templeton.

According to the CHP, Luis Alberto Herrera, 25, was driving south on Highway 101 south of Las Tablas Road at more than 100 mph around 12:45 p.m.

As he attempted to pass vehicles ahead of him using the right shoulder of the road, Herrera allegedly lost control of his 1994 Honda Accord, sending it back across both lanes of southbound traffic, CHP Officer David Agredano wrote in a news release.

Two San Luis Obispo drivers crashed into each other’s vehicles — a 2006 Honda Accord and a 2003 Mitsubishi, respectively; while trying to avoid the Honda, Agredano wrote.

Meanwhile, the CHP said, Herrera’s out-of-control car smashed into the center median, spinning clockwise before coming to rest in the southbound fast lane.

According to the CHP, that’s when Herrera climbed out of his car, clambered over the damaged guard rail and ran across both northbound lanes of Highway 101. He was captured moments later on Vineyard Drive east of the highway, Agredano wrote.

Herrera and his unidentified passenger, a 65-year-old San Luis Obispo man, were taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton for treatment of minor injuries, the CHP said. The other two drivers were not injured.

According to Agredano, Herrera was subsequently arrested and booked into County Jail on the charges of felony DUI causing injury, felony hit-and-run causing injury, being under the influence of a controlled substance and driving without a driver’s license.

ORIGINAL STORY, 1:48 P.M.: As many as three car collisions were slowing traffic Saturday afternoon on southbound Highway 101 just north of Vineyard Drive in Templeton.

According to CHP dispatch reports, witnesses reported seeing a black Honda passing other vehicles at high speeds before crashing through the center divider and colliding with other vehicles around 12:45 p.m.

The unidentified driver of the Honda then ran from the scene and attempted to flag down passing cars before he was detained by deputies from the county Sheriff’s Office, dispatchers said.

At least one of the collisions resulted in injuries that required the use of an ambulance.

The extent of those injuries was not readily apparent. Neither was the cause of the crash or the total number of vehicles involved.

However, a CHP dispatcher said three vehicles were towed from the scene.