Suspected Drunk Driver Hits 9 Cars

One person is in custody following the incident

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    A suspected intoxicated driver crashed into nine cars in Del Mar, before law enforcement apprehended him on Wednesday evening, according to police.

    San Diego Police say the first collision happened at Del Mar Heights and Mango.

    Driver Struck 9 Cars in Del Mar

    [DGO] Driver Struck 9 Cars in Del Mar
    A suspected intoxicated driver crashed into nine cars in Del Mar, before law enforcement apprehended him Wednesday. Drivers described what happened to NBC 7's Nicole Gonzales. (Published Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012)

    “It was like bumper cars and it was so sudden and you’re watching it and it’s surreal,” Portia Bibb said. “Just disbelief and how this person is just causing havoc.”

    Portia Bibb was driving a blue Toyota Prius in Del Mar when she was rear ended and side swiped by a suspected intoxicated driver.

    Just up the road, the suspect hit another car at a light.

    “We were rear ended once then rear ended again and then he drove away,” another witness told NBC 7 San Diego.

    “You’re sitting there talking and then bam,” Megan McLaughlin said.  “Why try to shove people out of the way?  How crazy are you?  How high are you?”

    The driver allegedly hit seven cars before a San Diego County Sheriff’s deputy, who happened to be in the area, pulled him over. He stopped, but investigators say he took off again, going south on Interstate-5.  Deputies followed the suspect until he crashed into two more vehicles at the Carmel Valley onramp.

    The deputy approached the driver and called for backup.

    “He told the deputy he was going to kill him. Immediately the deputy took action and pulled him out of the car,” San Diego Police Sgt. Art Doherty said.

    Police say, luckily, the suspect only made a mess on the roads. No one was seriously hurt.

    The driver will be held on charges of felony evading, DUI and resisting arrest.

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