The suspect allegedly drove westward onto the Highway 101 northbound lane from State Route 299. (Image taken from Google Maps)
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Law enforcement arrested a McKinleyville man on suspicion of drunk driving on Sunday after he allegedly caused a multi-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 101 in Arcata that left a motorcyclist with major injuries.

Alexander Sarver, 24, was arrested on suspicion of two felony counts of driving under the influence. Before the vehicle collision, he also allegedly struck a Caltrans sign and an AT&T utility box near the junction of Highway 101 and state Route 299, the responding California Highway Patrol officer said.

A fellow driver had already reported Sarver to 911 on suspicion of drunk driving when Sarver allegedly drove westward into a northbound Highway 101 lane shortly after noon. An oncoming vehicle hit Sarver’s white Subaru Forester in a T-bone collision. The other vehicle then spun out of control, crashing into a motorcycle driving in the northbound lane.

The motorcyclist was ejected and suffered major injuries to his right side, responding CHP Humboldt officer Matt Harvey told the Times-Standard on Sunday.

Sarver continued driving, coming to a stop after powering over the median rail dividing Highway 101, Harvey said. Responding officers arrested Sarver on the spot.

All of the vehicles involved sustained major damage. The motorcyclist was treated for major injuries — but not life-threatening ones — to the right side of his body, including his shoulder, ankle and leg, Harvey said.

The driver of the vehicle he allegedly hit was uninjured in the collision. Sarver himself sustained minor injuries.

“It was obvious that he was intoxicated,” Harvey told the Times-Standard following Sarver’s arrest.

“He had already been called in by another motorist. The crash had significant impact — it could have ended a lot worse than it did,” he said.

The incident left much of both Highway 101 lanes blocked off but enough space for cars to drive through. All of the vehicles were towed off the highway within the hour.

Shomik Mukherjee can be reached at 707-441-0504.

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