Suspected drunk driver crashes into car dealership

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POWAY, Calif. — A motorist was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Poway after running a red light in his car, crashing into a pickup truck, then damaging two cars at an automobile dealership, authorities said Monday.

The crash was reported just before 9 p.m. Sunday at Poway and Carriage roads, said San Diego County sheriff’s Sgt. David Toner.

A 2002 Honda Civic was westbound in the left lane of Poway Road when it ran a red light at Carriage Road and hit the rear right of a 2000 Toyota Tundra that was turning left, Toner said. The Honda driver then lost control of his car, driving over the raised curb and through a chain link fence, he said.

“One of the metal posts from the fence was bent forward, turning it into a raised ramp,” Toner said. “That caused the Honda to go airborne as it went onto the property of Perry Ford Motors.”

The Honda rolled over a car on the sales lot and hit another parked car before landing on its roof, he said.

The 22-year-old man driving the Honda was taken to a hospital and was arrested on suspicion of DUI, Toner said. The 26-year-old Toyota driver left the scene after the crash but was tracked down at home and issued a notice to appear for hit-and-run.

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