DUI suspect accused of biting CHP officer after crash

SAN DIEGO -- A California Highway Patrol officer was hospitalized Monday after a man bit him after crashing his car in Chula Vista, police said.

CHP officers arrived to the crash site at Interstate 5 near the Main Street exit around 1 p.m.

Officers said the 35-year-old driver from Chula Vista became argumentative, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez said. The confrontation escalated when the driver became violent, reached for the officer's gun and bit one of the officers on the arm, according to investigators.

The first person who arrived to the crash site happened to be a retired deputy who currently owns a car towing business in Chula Vista.

"I think there was definitely something wrong with him. Whether he was drunk or on drugs, I mean the guy... there were probably nine or 10 of us on top of this guy...and he was fighting," said Larry White of Signature Towing.

White said when he pulled over to help, two passengers of another car threw out a bottle of beer before running away from the area.

The driver was arrested for suspicion of a driving under the influence and assault on a peace officer causing injury.

As for the officer, he was taken to a hospital to be treated for his non-life threatening injuries.