A street race ended violently Wednesday with one car nearly wrapped around a tree along a main route through Chula Vista, officials said.
Two cars collided while racing at speeds up to 80 mph along East H Street just east of Interstate 805 around 3:20 a.m., witnesses told police.
An adult female was driving the car that crashed into a tree in the center media near the Terra Nova Plaza Shopping Center. Emergency crews had to free the woman from the wreckage. She suffered two broken legs and was air lifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition, polices said.
A second driver behind the wheel of a white sports car, identified by police as 23-year-old Joseph Klaerich, stopped near the crash scene. He taken into custody and may face charges of driving under the influence, officers said. His car sustained minor damage.
Eastbound lanes of East H Street were closed from I-805 to Hidden Vista Drive. Drivers may want to avoid the area until approximately 11 a.m., officials said.