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Wrong-way crash in Lakeside leaves 4 hospitalized

Four people were hospitalized after a suspected drunken driver crashed head-on with another vehicle on state Route 67 in Lakeside late Sunday night, authorities said.

The crash occurred around 11:25 p.m. after a 51-year-old man made a U-turn and started heading south in the northbound lanes of SR-67 near Mapleview Street, said California Highway Patrol Officer Travis Garrow.

After going a short distance, the driver crashed his Toyota 4-Runner into an oncoming Toyota Highlander driven by a 23-year-old man. There were two passengers in the Highlander.

An 18-year-old man riding in the front passenger seat suffered major injuries in the collision and was taken to a hospital. The Highlander driver and his 29-year-old back seat passenger suffered minor to moderate injuries and also were hospitalized, Garrow said.

The driver of the 4-Runner sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. When he’s released, he will face felony DUI charges, Garrow said.

All four drivers were wearing seatbelts, he said.

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