A Sacramento man whose car ran off state Highway 1 on the Sonoma Coast Tuesday night was arrested on suspicion of DUI, a probation violation and child endangerment, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said. Christian Nousaine, 30, was treated and released from Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Katy Hillenmeyer said. His passenger, 26-year-old Patricia Hemenway of Sacramento, suffered major injuries in the Tuesday night accident and is in serious condition this afternoon, Hillenmeyer said. A six-year-old child in the car suffered minor injuries. Nousaine drove a Mazda off northbound state Highway 1 south of Coleman Valley Road around 7:30 p.m., CHP Sgt. Robert Barr said. Nousaine said he was trying to pass a vehicle in front of him as he went into a curve at high speed and he lost control of the Mazda, Barr said. The car swerved to the left and off the cliffs to the rocky beach 100 feet below the road, Barr said. Rescuers used a long-line to hoist the injured occupants of the car up the cliff. Nousaine and Hemenway were flown to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.
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