DUI suspect slams into vehicle, stabs driver, cops say

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SAN DIEGO — Police Tuesday arrested a DUI suspect who allegedly stabbed the driver of a vehicle he had rear-ended in North Park and caused a second crash while trying to flee.

Nestor Hernandez, 26, was behind the wheel of a car that struck the back of the victim’s vehicle near the intersection of 30th Street and Lincoln Avenue shortly after midnight, according to San Diego police. The victim’s girlfriend was also in the car at the time, but apparently neither was injured in the crash.

The victim walked up to the suspect’s car afterward, noticed he appeared to be intoxicated and offered to move the car out of the street, according to a police statement.

Hernandez allegedly responded by grabbing something out of the center console, jumping out of his car and stabbing the victim on his left side. The victim — whose name was withheld — was taken to a hospital to be treated for the minor injury.

Hernandez got back into his car, drove off and was involved in a second crash near the intersection of 34th Street and Lincoln Avenue a short time later, police said. He fled again but was taken into custody at Polk and Swift avenues, according to the SDPD.

Hernandez was subsequently booked into jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, drunken driving, hit-and-run and obstructing a public officer. ┬áHe’s being held on $30,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Jan. 10.