A Carpinteria man is facing DUI charges stemming from a motorcycle crash in which he was seriously injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Gerald Torres, 43, was riding a 1998 Yamaha westbound on Casitas Pass Road, east of Lillingston Canyon Road, shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday, when he veered off the roadway and struck a traffic sign and a fence, the CHP said.
Both Torres and an 8-year-old boy who was his passenger were thrown from the motorcycle.
Torres, who was wearing an open-face helmet, suffered major head injuries as well as cuts to his extremities, the CHP said. He was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
The child, who was wearing a full-face helmet, suffered only minor abrasions, and was released to a family friend at the scene, the CHP said.
Torres was released to the hospital after being arrested on suspicion of DUI.