A driver will face charges after crashing his vehicle into the middle of a popular Ocean Beach skate park.
A van vaulted over a protective jersey wall at the end of westbound Interstate 8 and crashed into Robb Field Skate Park just before 4 a.m. Tuesday.
The vehicle leaped over fences before skating around one of the park’s basins and landing in an 8-foot deep concrete bowl that resembles an empty swimming pool.
“Most of the time the jersey wall prevents [accidents] however there are those freak occasions when a car can climb the jersey wall and it turned it into essentially a ramp that launched it over those two fences,” said San Diego police said Lt. David Rohowits.
The 62-year-old man behind the wheel of the van was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries. He will face charges of driving under the influence officials said.
A dog was trapped in the car for an hour and a half. Despite being cold, scared and covered in motor oil, officials said the German Shepherd mix appeared to be uninjured.
Medical staff at an emergency veterinary center bathed the dog to remove the motor oil and other fluids.
She will be watched carefully over the next 48 hours by workers at the county's animal care center on Gaines Street.
A crane will be brought in to remove the wrecked vehicle from the basin later in the morning.