Suspected DUI Driver Overturns Big Rig on SR-94 Closing Off-Ramp

Truck was carrying garlic to Chicago, according to officials

By Joe Young and Andie Adams
|  Sunday, Apr 27, 2014  |  Updated 10:41 AM PDT
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A smelly mess was strewn across the 94 freeway Saturday when a driver overturned his big rig. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, as NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera reports.

A smelly mess was strewn across the 94 freeway Saturday when a driver overturned his big rig. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, as NBC 7's Vanessa Herrera reports.

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A big rig driver who overturned his truck, causing a partial closure of State Route 94, is suspected to have been driving while intoxicated, California Highway patrol officials report.

The accident was reported just before 4 p.m. when officials said a 45,000-pound big rig carrying garlic turned on its side near the northbound State Route 15 transition ramp to eastbound SR-94

Officials said the driver took a turn onto the on-ramp too sharp and fast, causing the truck to overturn. Garlic was strewn across the roadway, leaving an odorous mess for crews to clean up.

Arriving CHP officials reported that the driver of the big rig smelled of alcohol. He was given a field sobriety test and failed, according to officials. Soon after, he was taken into custody.

The overturned truck prompted the closure of the northbound SR-15 transition ramp to eastbound SR-94. A Sig Alert was issued for the area.

The ramp was not reopened until 8:40 p.m.

The truck was on its way to Chicago at the time of the accident, officials said. 

The logo on the side of the truck was that of a local company, Rust and Sons. When NBC 7 crews went to the business in El Cajon, an employee said the company has no comment on this incident. 

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