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Man arrested for DUI, leaving the scene of a crash in San Marcos

San Diego County Sheriff's Department
Posted at 6:56 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-04 22:00:24-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) — A man was arrested after deputies say he fled the scene of a San Marcos crash and was stopped by passersby from leaving a second crash scene.

San Diego Sheriff's deputies received a report of a beige Mercedes-Benz traveling at an unsafe speed on northbound Bennett Ave. before is ran off the road and collided with a concrete wall and then a residence at 600 Bennett Ave.

The driver, a 26-year-old man, tried to flee the area, but was detained by passerbys until deputies arrived.

While deputies were responding to that incident, SDSO says they received another call about a black, male suspect wearing camouflage clothing who had used a hatchet to smash the window of a vehicle at a Stater Brothers Grocery store at 1330 East Mission Rd. The man reportedly fled in a vehicle matching the description of the Mercedes-Benz and struck a gray Audi in the area of Knob Hill Rd., SDSO said.

The driver of the Audi, a 61-year-old woman, was not injured.

At the scene of the Bennett Ave. crash, paramedic treated the suspect at the scene and he was released.

Based on evidence and interviews, deputies determined that the suspect was under the influence of prescription medication and heavily intoxicated at the time of the collision. The man was later arrested for driving under the influence, vandalism, and leaving the scene of an accident.

SDSO's traffic division is investigating the crime.