Man Booked On Suspicion Of DUI In ‘Hot-Boarding’ Accident

SANTA CLARITA (CBS) — A “hot-boarding” accident in Santa Clarita left a 35-year-old man hospitalized in critical condition and the driver who was towing him behind bars on suspicion of drunken driving.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said Edward Culhane had been riding on his skateboard while holding onto a vehicle being driven by 33-year-old Ryan Howell when he fell off, hitting his head on the ground, according to a statement from the Santa Clarita Station. Culhane was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Howell was arrested and booked for felony DUI, the statement said. He is suspected of having been driving the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The practice, known as hot-boarding, also left a San Diego County man critically injured in a May 1 accident in Ocean Beach. The skateboarder let go of the vehicle towing him and collided head on with a pickup truck in the roughly 2:30 a.m. accident on Point Loma Boulevard.

» RELATED: Skateboarder, 35, Critically Injured After Falling From Car Driven By DUI Suspect

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