Boy injured in suspected DUI crash near Healdsburg

A 4-year-old boy was listed in stable condition Thursday morning in the aftermath of a car crash where his mother allegedly drove drunk and veered off Highway 101 just south of Dry Creek Road, authorities said.

Melissa Miller, 36, of Santa Rosa, was speeding in her 2004 Saturn VUE shortly before midnight Wednesday, the CHP said. The car was southbound on the highway and failed to turn properly on a gradual left curve just south of Dry Creek Road, the CHP said.

The vehicle left the roadway and struck a raised curb, flipping it sideways and then tumbling down an embankment, the patrol said. The car was finally stopped after it collided into a large redwood tree.

Emergency responders found the child partially ejected out of the rear window and unconscious, the CHP said. Miller suffered moderate injuries, while the child had major injuries.

Both were taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, though the child was later flown to Oakland Children’s Hospital. Officers said the child was not wearing a seatbelt nor in a child safety seat.

The CHP said Miller was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. She was on felony probation for a prior drug charge. Miller was arrested on complaints of driving under the influence of alcohol, child endangerment and violation of probation.

You can reach Staff Writer Bill Swindell at 521-5223 or On Twitter @BillSwindell.

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