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Update: Suspected impaired driver in custody in connection with Zephyr Cove head-on collision

A sedan involved in a head-on collision on Monday night in Zephyr Cove
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A California man is in custody in connection with a Monday evening head-on collision on Highway 50 near Zephyr Cove.

Matthew James Klausen, 23, was booked at 11:40 p.m. Monday on felonies including driving under the influence causing substantial bodily harm and carrying a concealed weapon, according to Douglas County Jail records. In addition to the felonies, he faces a charge of driving left of the center lane. He is scheduled to appear virtually in Tahoe Township Justice Court at 1:30 p.m. today.

Matthew James Klausen
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The collision occurred around 6:05 p.m. when  a westbound  2016 Honda Civic driven by Klausen allegedly crossed the centerline into the path of a 2017 Toyota Tacoma. The driver of the Tacoma sustained substantial injuries, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. Klausen was treated for his injuries and released into custody.

The road was closed for more than two hours with one lane opening in each direction around 9 p.m.

The collision involved a sedan and a pickup. Tahoe Douglas firefighters responded to the collision along with Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies. CalStar and Care Flight helicopters flew the drivers to Renown Regional Medical Center.

The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

Previous story: Impairment is suspected in connection with a head-on collision on Highway 50 near Zephyr Cove around 7:30 p.m. Monday.

The road was closed for more than an hour with one lane opening in each direction around 9 p.m.

The collision involved a sedan and a pickup. Both drivers were helicoptered to Renown Regional Medical Center.

A man is in Douglas County custody for driving under the influence causing substantial bodily harm and carrying a concealed weapon.

In addition to the felonies, the faces a charge of driving left of the center lane. He is scheduled to appear virtually in Tahoe Township Justice Court at 1 p.m. today.

The Record-Courier is in the process of confirming that the man booked into Douglas County Jail was the impaired driver involved in the collision.