Driver arrested at gunpoint after hitting bicyclist, running

SAN DIEGO – A bicyclist was hospitalized Thursday morning after he was hit by a suspected drunken driver who tried to run from the accident scene.

The injury collision happened at little before 6:30 a.m. near the intersection of La Jolla Colony Drive and Palmilla Drive. The 44-year-old cyclist was heading northbound in the 6500 block of La Jolla Colony Driver when a 2008 Honda Accord hit him from behind.

After hitting the bicyclist, the driver continued driving and crashed into some bushes about 1,000 feet from the accident, San Diego police Officer Tony Martinez. Police tracked him down and took him into custody at gun point, Martinez said.

The bicyclist was taken to a local hospital for treatment of a fractured pelvis and a spinal fracture. The circumstances of the crash were under investigation.

Police identified the driver as Heejoon Lee. Lee was arrested for felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence of alcohol.