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CHP: Suspected drunk driver seriously injured after crash near Montague

California Highway Patrol said that they originally responded to reports of a disturbance involving the driver.

Posted: Jun 24, 2021 12:17 PM

MONTAGUE, Ore. — Officers responding to reports of a disturbance in Montague during the early hours of Thursday morning soon found themselves at the scene of a rollover crash involving the subject.

Around 3:30 a.m., a deputy from the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office and officers from California Highway Patrol responded to a "disturbing the peace" cal from 510 N 9th Street in Montague. Upon arrival, the officers learned that 26-year-old Aaron Burlew was intoxicated and the source of the disturbance, CHP said.

Not long after their arrival, the officers saw a silver Acura speeding southbound on N 9th Street, with Burlew believed to be the driver. He turned onto westbound SR-3 then northbound onto Ager Road "at a very high speed." The CHP officers soon took off in pursuit, hoping to catch up with Acura and pull the driver over.

Still speeding northbound on Ager Road near Shelley Road, Burlew reportedly lost control of the car and veered off the road, rolling several times before coming to a rest. Burlew was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car, "sustaining major injuries."

Responding medical staff took Burlew to Fairchild Medical Center, and he was later airlifted to Mercy Redding for treatment.

CHP said that alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

"The CHP would like to remind everyone [that] alcohol and operating a motor vehicle never mix, and always wear your seatbelt," the agency said.

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