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Suspected DUI driver downs I-5 light pole, causing multi-car crash

Posted at 11:38 PM, Jan 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 09:54:17-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — California Highway Patrol officers arrested a driver who knocked over a light pole on Interstate 5, causing it to fall into the path of oncoming traffic Friday night.

It happened on the northbound lanes of I-5 just before the State Route 163 connector.

The driver of a white Chevy Impala went off the road crashed into two light poles, knocking one of the light poles onto the right lane and into oncoming traffic.

CHP says at least seven cars smashed into the downed light pole, damaging the vehicles. However, there were no injuries.

The driver of the Impala told CHP he merely fell asleep behind the wheel, but after a sobriety test, he was arrested.

“He was arrested for DUI,” said Steve Jio, with the CHP. “Possibly drugs, and we’re taking him to our station to be evaluated."

Three lanes of I-5 were closed off for about an hour as crews removed the damaged vehicles and the downed light pole.

Crews plan to replace the light pole Saturday morning.