21-year-old man crashes into an East County apartment building

RAMONA (CNS) – A 21-year-old man suspected of being high on aerosol fumes crashed a car into an East County apartment building today, seriously injuring a woman inside the structure, authorities reported.

Charles Scott of Imperial was northbound on La Brea Street in Ramona when the 2005 Ford Focus he was driving veered off the western edge of the roadway shortly before 11:30 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The Focus hit a road sign near Day Street, then careened into a parking lot, sideswiped another car and smashed into an apartment building, CHP public-affairs Officer Brian Pennings said.

A woman inside the structure suffered moderately serious injuries from the impact, which left the front end of Scott's car partially pushed into a residence, Pennings said. Medics airlifted her to a trauma center.

Scott, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to a hospital for evaluation of apparently minor head trauma, including a bruised forehead.

He was arrested on suspicion of felony driving while intoxicated due to alleged evidence, including a witness statement, indicating that he was under the influence of some type of “inhalant” chemical at the time of the accident, according to Pennings.

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