The crash happened on Broadway in El Cajon early Tuesday morning. Another driver called 911 to report a damaged Toyota Tacoma was weaving suspiciously. The caller said watched the pickup knock over a fire hydrant in the 1300 block of Broadway and crash through a fence. The pickup drove off as a geyser of water rained down on the business nearest the hydrant, according to the witness.
Police spotted the pickup about a mile from the crash and eventually forced the driver to stop. The teenage driver was taken into custody. It was not immediately clear what charges he would face.
Firefighters turned off water to the broken fire hydrant, but by that time, thousands of gallons of water had pooled on the roof of Amarc Enterprises, causing the ceiling to collapse, police said. Two other businesses were also damaged.