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Suspected drunk driver found hiding in brush

Posted: October 21, 2012 12:09 p.m.
Updated: October 21, 2012 12:09 p.m.
 

A motorist suspected of drunk driving, clocked at triple-digit speeds, hit a car then flipped his truck on Interstate 5 near Gorman Sunday morning, stripping as he ran from the crash, then hiding in the brush, a California Highway Patrol officer confirmed.

About 10:50 a.m., deputies of the CHP office in Newhall received a report of a two-vehicle traffic collision in the northbound lanes of the freeway just south of Templin Highway, authorities confirmed.

Motorists phoning the CHP with reports said they saw a white pickup truck hit a silver Toyota Camry, then roll up an embankment, flip and land on its wheels.

The driver of the pickup was then seen, according to witnesses in touch with CHP, running from his truck, taking off some of his clothes, stripping down to a white T-shirt then hiding in brush.

CHP officers responding to the crash found a suspect wearing a white T-shirt hiding in brush near the freeway, according to CHP.

He was described as 6-foot, about 180 pounds, with a shaved head, seen speeding prior to the crash.

At 10:57 a.m., county paramedics were dispatched to the scene for report of an injured person.

Paramedics left the scene about 30 minutes later.

The incident prompted several motorists to stop behind vehicles blocking the fast lane, they said.

“We got the report of a person and that he took off on foot from the collision,” said Supervisor Melanie Flores of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

One man was taken into custody about 11:15 a.m.

jholt@the-signal.com

661-287-5527

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