Van drives into crowd outside Encinitas bar

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ENCINITAS, Calif. (CNS) -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a man on suspicion of three counts of attempted murder Sunday after he allegedly drove into a group of people on the sidewalk outside a bar with his rental U-Haul van.

Deputies were called to The Saloon Bar in the 500 block of South Coast Highway 101 at 1:19 a.m. after receiving a report of a van that had been driven into several people, according to Sgt. Agustin Rosas of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

"This U-Haul van is just driving down the sidewalk and it's coming towards us," witness Tyler Harris told FOX 5. "We all jump out of the way and then it runs straight into the Saloon. It took off the whole door and glass shattered all over us."

Witnesses told deputies that Christian Dwight Davis, 28, had been at the bar and was asked to leave because he was intoxicated. After leaving the bar, Davis got into his van and allegedly drove it on the sidewalk and tried to hit people standing outside the bar, Rosas said.

"He was like, 'I'm gonna come back for you guys,'" Harris said.

Davis' van struck three people, the sergeant said, and one of the victims was taken to Palomar Medical Center with serious injuries. The other two victims were taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, also suffering from serious injuries, Rosas said.

Two people received minor injuries when they detained Davis at the scene before deputies arrived, Rosas said. They were taken to Scripps Encinitas Hospital for treatment.

Some people who were in the area at the time of the incident stepped in to help the victims by wrapping makeshift tourniquets around injured limbs. "I just grabbed my belt and this other guy too grabs his belt, and we put it as a tourniquet," Alex Anaya told FOX 5.

"It was pure chaos," witness Josh Lyman said. "I just did what I could. I got my boy out of the way and that was all I could do."

Davis was taken to the Vista Detention Facility. He faces four felony charges, three of attempted first degree murder and one of attempted escape with force, according to inmate booking records. He is scheduled to be arranged on Tuesday.

Anyone with information regarding the incident were asked to contact the San Diego County Sheriff's Department at 858-285-6330 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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