Suspected DUI driver arrested after deadly crash on I-805

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – A suspected drunken driver was arrested after a multi-vehicle crash at a freeway construction site in Chula Vista left one motorist dead late Tuesday night.

Authorities said the man died after his Nissan Frontier pickup was hit by a car driven by a suspected drunken driver and sent into a dump truck in a Caltrans construction zone on northbound Interstate 805 near the Bonita Road/E Street exit, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

The crash, reported around 11:35 p.m., prompted a traffic alert that lasted until 7 a.m.

It occurred in an area where some lanes already were closed on the right side of the freeway because of a Caltrans construction job. After the crash, several lanes remained closed while CHP officers conducted their investigation, creating a traffic mess for morning commuters.

The driver of the pickup was rushed to a hospital after the crash, but died from his injures.

The suspected DUI driver, 29-year-old John Thomas Kallis of San Diego, remained at the scene and was arrested, CHP said. Kallis was booked into San Diego Central Jail about 7 Wednesday morning, according to Sheriff’s Department records. He was being held on $750,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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