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Truck crashes into parked vehicles on Pacific Beach street; driver arrested

Posted at 7:09 AM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 10:09:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A driver was taken into custody and evaluated for possible DUI after he crashed his pickup truck into several parked vehicles and a fire hydrant in Pacific Beach early Thursday morning.

At around 1:45 a.m., residents on Foothill Boulevard, near Monmouth Drive, woke up to a loud crash and saw that a truck was disabled after hitting multiple vehicles and knocking over a fire hydrant.

Some residents told 10News they saw the driver trying to drive away and tried to stop him. One person even tried to pull the driver out of the truck’s cab.

A resident said, “It was so loud, it sounded and smelled like a NASCAR race … burned rubber, loud screeching … my neighbor threw a tire at him and then tried to grab him. I couldn’t help because the guy almost ran me over and I was in my flip-fops.”

A police helicopter hovered above the scene as the driver almost hit a witness before he finally got out of his truck and fled the scene.

San Diego police officers on the ground located him a few blocks from the crash scene and arrested him.

No injuries were immediately reported.

The broken hydrant led to some water flowing onto the street, but crews were able to turn it off.