A Lodi firefighter broke his clavicle and was hospitalized after being hit by a suspected drunken driver on Saturday night on Church Street, according to Lodi police.
Capt. Michael Gold, who has served with the Lodi Fire Department for more than six years, remained in San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp on Sunday afternoon. He was listed in good condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Kevin Patrick White, 42, of Lodi, is being held in San Joaquin County Jail on more than $1 million bail in connection with the crash, according to court records. He was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, having a prior DUI within the past 10 years and possession of drugs without a prescription, court records show.
White is due to be arraigned Tuesday in Lodi court.
White's vehicle hit Gold at about 9:22 p.m. Saturday in the northbound lane of Church Street between Elm and Pine streets, police said. Gold had just returned from a fire call when he walked into the street, possibly to pick something up, said Lodi Police Lt. Chet Somera.
Southbound cars stopped for Gold, but White's vehicle hit him as Gold stepped into the northbound lane, police said.
Police said they are continuing to investigate why Gold was in the street and to determine if speed was a factor in the collision. No other information was available from the police department.
Fire Chief Michael Pretz and Capt. Peter Iturraran were among those who visited Gold in the hospital Saturday night.
"He's pretty messed up," Iturraran said.
Gold's parents spent Saturday night with their son, Pretz said. He was in the hospital's intensive care unit for observation, the chief added.
Gold was recently promoted to captain and was in charge of Pink October breast cancer awareness activities for the fire department. He helped out with a fund-raising fashion show for cancer survivors and is in the 2008 Survivors Calendar. He will also take over the fire department's muscular dystrophy campaign, Iturraran said.