motorcycle crash

A Festus man was seriously hurt Wednesday night (July 8) when the motorcycle he was riding at I-55 and Hwy. 61 south of Festus struck a car, and the St. Louis man who was driving the car was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

At 10:15 p.m., the 51-year-old St. Louis man was stopped in a 2002 Mercury Sable on the off ramp from northbound I-55 to Hwy. 61, and then he crossed Hwy. 61, and the front of a 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide motorcycle that John M. Clatto, 36, of Festus was riding north on Hwy. 61 struck the right side of the car, the report said.

No injuries were reported for the St. Louis man.

Clatto, however, was taken by helicopter to Mercy Hospital St. Louis in Creve Coeur, where he was listed in critical condition this afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

He was wearing a helmet, and the St. Louis man was wearing a seat belt, the patrol reported.

The motorcycle and the car were totaled, the report said.

The St. Louis man was arrested at 10:56 p.m. for allegedly driving while intoxicated on drugs and resisting arrest and was held for 12 hours, the patrol reported.

His name will not be published unless charges are filed against him, and as of this afternoon none had been filed.

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