Suspected DUI driver in custody in connection with Tahoe crash
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — A California man is in custody in connection with a Monday evening head-on collision on Highway 50 near Zephyr Cove.
Matthew James Klausen, 23, of Garden Valley, was medically cleared and booked at 11:40 p.m. Monday on felonies including driving under the influence causing substantial bodily harm and carrying a concealed weapon, according to Douglas County Jail records.
In addition to the felonies, he faces a charge of driving left of the center lane.
He is scheduled to appear virtually in Tahoe Township Justice Court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The collision occurred around 7:30 p.m. when Klausen’s vehicle, a 2016 Honda Civic, allegedly crossed the centerline into the path of another vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Tacoma.
The road was closed for more than an hour with one lane opening in each direction at about 9 p.m.
Tahoe Douglas firefighters responded to the collision along with Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies. CalStar and Care Flight helicopters flew the drivers to Renown Regional Medical Center.
The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.
Original Tribune post
ZEPHYR COVE, Nev. — A head-on collision Monday night shutdown U.S. Highway 50 in both directions at Lake Tahoe.
The Nevada Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a “serious injury head-on crash” at about 7:30 p.m.
All four lanes were closed for over an hour while emergency crews helped both drivers get airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.
One driver is suspected of driving under the influence.
One lane each for eastbound and westbound motorists opened a little before 9 p.m.
The Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and Nevada Department of Transportation assisted on scene.
A man is in Douglas County custody Tuesday morning for driving under the influence causing substantial bodily harm and carrying a concealed weapon.
In addition to the felonies, he faces a charge of driving left of the center lane and is scheduled to appear virtually in Tahoe Township Justice Court at 1 p.m. today.
It is unconfirmed that was the suspected impaired driver in the collision.
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