Driver Accused Of Being Under the Influence Flips Car Into Ravine In Clovis

(Photo: FOX26 News Photojournalist Olen Hogenson)

(KMJ/FOX26) — A man had to be rescued from his vehicle after the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said he lost control and flipped his vehicle down into a ravine in Clovis early Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to Auberry Rd. near Summit Mountain Rd. around 3:00 a.m. A passerby found the wrecked vehicle with it’s headlights still on and contacted authorities.

A Watch Commander with the Fresno Co. Sheriff’s Office confirmed to KMJ news partner FOX26 News that the man was going through a mental health crisis, and was under the influence of something before he got behind the wheel.

Firefighters had to use heavy equipment to cut the man out of the vehicle. He was taken to the hospital, but CHP officers said they weren’t sure how bad his injuries were. The CHP was tasked with investigating whether the crash was intentional, or whether it was accidental due to being under the influence.

No one else was hurt in the crash. It was not known if the man would face charges.