A Mariposa man was booked on charges of driving under the influence after a passenger in his car was injured in a solo-vehicle crash Saturday, the California Highway Patrol reported.
The driver was identified as James E. Gross II. The CHP said Gross was northbound on Highway 49 in a 2000 Mercedes about 12:30 p.m., approaching French Camp Road, when he “directed his attention” to something in the interior of the car, drifted off the right side of the highway and slammed into a culvert and a dirt embankment.
The Mercedes rolled and ejected Michael Owen, 48, of Fairfield, who sustained major injuries.
The crash is under investigation.