PASSENGERS SUFFER MAJOR INJURIES IN DUI ROLLOVER CRASH

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East County News Service

February 8, 2016 (Lakeside) — Two passengers suffered life-threatening injuries yesterday morning in a rollover accident on State Route 67 north of Foster Truck Trail yesterday at 5:35 a.m. The Nissan Titan that overturned was driven by 21-year-old Lakeside resident Keith Edward Ruis Jr.

“Due to his level of intoxication, Ruis allowed his vehicle to steer away from a direct course of travel. He over-corrected, causing the Nissan to overturn, blocking the southbound lanes of State Route 67,” said Officer Kevin Pearlstein with the California Highway Patrol. 

A male passenger in the backseat who was not wearing a seatbelt suffered major life-threatening injuries.  A female passenger in the front who had a seatbelt on suffered major non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Ruis sustained minor injuries. He was arrested and booked into San Diego County Jail for felony driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.