A 26-year-old man from Sandown has been arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving following a collision on Beaper Shute near Ryde this morning (Sunday).
Emergency services were called to the scene between Harding Shute and Brading Road at just gone 06:00, as first reported by Island Echo.
The male driver and his female passenger, both aged in their 20s, suffered injuries in the crash when a black Vauxhall Corsa left the carriageway and crashed into trees at the side of the road. No other vehicles were involved.
The main road between Ryde and Sandown remains closed in both directions whilst Police await the outcome of hospital assessments on both the driver and the passenger. The front seat passenger, who has been described as having serious and potentially life-changing injuries, is thought to have now been given the all clear at hospital.
The driver has been arrested on suspicion of both drink and drug driving and is undergoing further medical assessments. He failed a roadside breath test and a drugs wipe.
Traffic is extremely heavy on Green Lane near Ashey and on Smallbrook Lane towards Westridge this lunchtime as motorists divert around the road closure. A car has also broken down at the top of Smallbrook Lane at the junction with Great Preston Road.
Southern Vectis say that they are working to establish a shuttle service for those wishing to go to Tesco but there will be no guaranteed connections to Routes 2 and 3 in any direction. Routes 2 and 3 are currently diverting via St Helens and Nettlestone.
It is hoped that the road will re-open shortly, having already been closed for 7 hours.
UPDATE @ 13:21 – Beaper Shute has now re-opened in both directions following recovery of the car. Both casualties have been declared as having minor injuries only.
The 26-year-old driver has provided a blood sample for analysis, the outcome of which will determine whether charges are brought against the individual.
Yesterday a 22-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after rolling her car into a field near Ashey.