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Suspected DUI driver crashes, jumps into Pajaro River

A 43-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Sunday after losing control of his car on southbound Highway 1 near Riverside Drive, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Michael Whallen of Pacific Grove rolled his 2001 Toyota Echo, which came to rest on the highway on a bridge over a small river, the CHP said.

For unknown reasons, he leapt from the car, over the barrier wall of the bridge and into the river, swam to shore and waited for help, officers said.

He suffered minor injuries, the CHP reported.

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