Driver injured and arrested in Sonoma ATV crash

A Santa Rosa man was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in an all-terrain vehicle crash on the property of Sonoma Raceway Thursday night that sent him and one of his two passengers to hospital with serious injuries, authorities said.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., Michael Baker, 48, was driving a 2021 Can-Am Defender ATV on a private dirt road traveling at speeds of 25 to 30 mph when the vehicle hit an embankment and rolled over onto its left side, according to a California Highway Patrol-Napa press release.

No further details of the accident were available.

Baker and a 35-year-old passenger from Henderson, Nevada, were rushed to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. The other passenger, a 40-year-old man from Avondale, Arizona, was slightly injured.

One of the men suffered a “major injury”, according to CHP officer Jaret Paulson, but he could not say more citing medical confidentiality rules.

An investigation determined that alcohol was a primary factor in the crash, the statement said.

Baker was arrested on suspicion of a felony DUI, but released to hospital to be treated for his injuries, Paulson said.

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