A Costa Mesa fire captain critically injured in Mission Viejo by a drug-influenced motorist was still unresponsive and remained in critical condition Sunday, fire officials said.

“The next several hours are critical,” the Costa Mesa Fire Department reported. “Captain (Mike) Kreza is surrounded by his family and friends, including his fire family.”

The driver, Stephen Taylor Scarpa, 25, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

The crash was reported just after 8 a.m. Saturday on eastbound Alicia Parkway near Via Burgos, Orange County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carrie Braun said.

Kreza, off duty, was riding his bicycle and was hit by Scarpa’s van. Multiple prescription medications were found inside his van, Braun said.

Scarpa was evaluated for possible DUI at the scene and subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, Braun said. He was booked into the Orange County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Kreza is an 18-year veteran of the department.

“We are eternally grateful for the outpouring of support from our brothers and sisters from fire departments, law enforcement agencies, and the collective communities throughout the state,” the Costa Mesa Fire Department said.

Anyone with information on the crash was asked be deputies to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000 or Crime Stoppers at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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