A 30-year-old Atwater man suffered major injuries Thursday night when he apparently crashed his motorcycle into a retaining wall on the Applegate Road overpass, the Police Department confirmed.
Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, Sgt. Dick Wisdom said.
Officers responded at 8:40 p.m. to the Applegate Road overpass, near Sycamore Avenue, and found Stephen Haden unconscious on the ground at the east retaining wall. Haden regained consciousness a short time later. He suffered major injuries, including a ruptured spleen and a collapsed lung, according to police, but was expected to survive.
He was flown to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto for treatment. An update on his condition was not available Friday.
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“The officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” Wisdom said, adding that officers also found a receipt in Haden’s pocket for a Sycamore Avenue bar.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
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