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DUI investigation follows Monday solo rollover crash

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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A Monday afternoon rollover accident that sent three Foresthill residents to the hospital is now under investigation for a man possibly driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Officer Eric Karla, of the California Highway Patrol Office in Newcastle, responded to the scene of a solo-vehicle rollover accident Monday shortly before 1 p.m. at Foresthill Road in the area of Portofino Drive. Christopher Shane White, 34, a parolee transient with a former Foresthill address, was driving a 1994 Jeep Cherokee when it rolled several times, Karla said. “It’s still under investigation, but the claim by the driver is there was a mechanical defect,” Karla said. “However, the driver was also under the influence, or we are investigating that. He had alcohol and possibly something else on board. We arrested him, but due to his injuries we released him at the hospital.” Karla said neither White or the two female passengers, Amanda Graham, 28, and Heather Kaestener, 29, both of Foresthill, were ejected from the vehicle. Karla said blood was taken from White to determine his level of drug and alcohol content. The results might take more than three weeks to get back, and if they come back positive, a complaint could be filed against White, Karla said. “We have witnesses that said … immediately following the crash the vehicle came to a rest on its roof in a field, and apparently, according to some people, was on fire,” Karla said. “And his major concern was getting his property out instead of the two female victims. And he was seen tossing possible contraband into … the area.” Karla said a half-full bottle of Smirnoff was found in the area. Karla said skid marks on the road made it appear that there could have been a mechanical failure with the Jeep, but that DUI could still be involved. “It’s just solo,” Karla said. “There are no other vehicles involved. I have one witness that saw it happen. She said the vehicle went off the road for no reason.” Kaestener, who was sitting in the back of the Jeep, was most seriously injured, Karla said. “Her injuries were major, but not critical,” he said. White was transferred to UC Davis Medical Center and had been released as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the UC Davis. According to Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Graham had been released from the hospital as of Tuesday afternoon. Liz Madison, spokeswoman for Sutter Roseville Medical Center, said as of Tuesday afternoon Kaestener, was in “fair condition.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com