Suspected DUI Driver Dies After Hitting Tree in El Cajon - NBC 7 San Diego

Suspected DUI Driver Dies After Hitting Tree in El Cajon

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    Suspected DUI Driver Fatally Crashes in Police Pursuit

    Police attempted to stop the driver for suspected DUI but he sped off and crashed into a tree. NBC 7's Robert Santos reports from El Cajon.

    (Published Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018)

    A suspected DUI driver died after crashing into a tree and retaining wall on Jamacha Road near E. Main Street in an attempt to evade police early Saturday morning, CHP said.

    CHP officers attempted to pull over the driver just after 2 a.m. after noticing he was speeding and weaving on Interstate 8 eastbound near Severin Drive.

    The driver sped away and exited on 2nd Street at an extremely high rate of speed - at times driving more than 100 mph, CHP said.

    The driver lost control of the car before hitting the tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Resident Salam Al Abbo Ksaj, who was passing by the scene, was shocked by the crash. 

    “To see something like that happening here in El Cajon, everyone wants to live in peace. You don't want to see a body in the middle of the street. There is family here, there is kids," he said. 

    The driver has not been identified.

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