Neighbors Jump Driver After Parked Cars Are Damaged in Crown Point Area of Pacific Beach

Neighbors jumped into a man's truck and grabbed the keys after the driver struck several parked cars along a street in Pacific Beach Thursday.

San Diego police and San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were sent to Shasta Street near Roosevelt Avenue the Crown Point area just after 6 a.m.

They found a damaged pickup truck in the middle of the street and a man being held on the ground by three or four other men. 

NBC 7 has obtained video of the moments officers arrive.

WARNING GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: This video provided to NBC 7 by James Phillips shows the moments after a collision on Shasta Street in the Crown Point area of PB on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

“Don’t hurt him,” someone can be heard telling the men who have the driver on the ground.

The man being detained drove his truck into cars parked outside of a two-story apartment complex. 


“He hit my girlfriend’s car and mine,” said resident James Phillips. “Literally within four inches of our front window.”

After the man crashed into several cars, neighbors saw the man trying to back out and drive away, he said.

“He was running into all of these different cars,” Phillips said. “A couple of guys actually got into the car, pulled the keys out of the ignition and yanked him out of the car.”

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One car struck by another car struck by the driver came within inches of an apartment window.

Another piece of video obtained by NBC 7 shows the truck in the middle of the street with the engine revving but not moving. A bystander yells to the driver something about his axle being broken. 

One person was treated by emergency personnel for injuries, police said.

Residents said the driver was transported from the scene in an ambulance.

The incident occurred in a residential area south of Grand Avenue and west of Interstate 5.

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