The driver of the eastbound Chrysler sedan veered off the freeway just west of Broadway in Lemon Grove and went down a landscaped embankment shortly after 4 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.
Moments later, the federal officer came upon the scene of the non-injury wreck, pulled over and hurried down the slope to check on whoever was in the Chrysler, CHP public-affairs Officer Robert Catano said. Witnesses then began making 911 calls to report that one man was pointing a gun at another one who was lying on the ground near the crashed car.
Arriving Highway Patrol personnel determined that the armed man was a law enforcement officer and that he had taken the motorist into custody due to suspected inebriation.
“It’s unclear why (the agent) had the gun out, whether the driver might have been resisting or tried to flee,” Catano said.
The motorist, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.