SAN DIEGO – A 42-year-old man was arrested Thursday evening on suspicion of hitting cars on the freeway and taking off, causing accidents and traffic backups on at least two freeways.
“We tend to think of guns and knives as the only way we have deadly weapons, but cars can be more deadly in the fact that they’re 8,000 to 10,000 pound vehicles at freeway speeds,” CHP Public Information Officer Jake Sanchez said.
42-year-old John Albert Young is accused of intentionally using his white Ford-350 to ram other drivers, according to California Highway Patrol.
He is facing two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
But CHP said they think more victims are on the streets.
One of the accidents happened on I-805 northbound north of Governor Drive, while the other confirmed accident happened on SR-163 southbound north of Friars Road.
Investigators did not specify if the vehicles were struck randomly by the truck or if a particular incident could have sparked their suspect to lose his cool.
Either way, they had advice for drivers who fall victim to road rage.
“Best thing to do is get away from the vehicle as safely as possible. Whether that’s getting off the freeway, pulling into a police station, getting somewhere safe with other vehicles around, other people around,” Sanchez said.
CHP asks anyone who may have been struck by the suspect to contact them. The truck is described as distinct with no license plates and special wheels.