PALMDALE – A 21-year-old Pearblossom woman was seriously injured Sunday night when the vehicle she was riding in veered off the road and flipped several times in a desert field, authorities said.
The driver, 23-year-old Michael Hepburn of Pearblossom, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Officer Gil Hernandez of the California Highway Patrol’s Antelope Valley Office.
The single vehicle collision happened around 9:30 p.m. Sunday on 50th Street East, just south of Avenue M, Hernandez said.
Hepburn was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer, headed southbound on 50th Street East, when he allowed his vehicle to veer off the main portion of the roadway and onto the dirt, Hernandez said.
“Hepburn lost control of the vehicle, it overturned numerous times,” Hernandez said.
The 21-year-old passenger, whose name was not released, suffered major injuries, including a fractured pelvis, Hernandez said.
Hepburn suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment. He received medical clearance and then he was arrested for DUI around 10:25 p.m. Sunday.
Hepburn was booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station early Monday morning in lieu of $100,000 bail.