2 hurt when car crashes into Chula Vista bar


CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Police say two people were hurt when a car slammed into a popular bar in Chula Vista on Wednesday night.

Officers were called to Broadway and G Street around 8:30 p.m. after a driver ran a red light, hit another car then crashed into the Manhattan, according to police.

Video from the scene Thursday morning showed wooden boards covering a large hole in the side of the building. Police said two people inside the bar were hurt but the extent of their injuries was unclear.

“Luckily, it happened around 8 p.m., which is one of our slower parts of the day,” said bar owner Matt Cieslak. “Where the car came in, there could have easily been people sitting right there. Thank God there was only a few people in the bar.”

After the crash, police say the driver got out of the car and started fighting with bystanders in front of the bar. The driver, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

“She was confrontational once the accident happened, talking trash to some witnesses and bystanders,” Cieslak said. “Then the cops showed up. She seemed compliant, though once she got in the car, I heard her screaming repeatedly.”

Cieslak told FOX 5 he hopes to reopen his bar within a month.

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