A woman was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after rolling her SUV and attempting to leave the scene on foot early Tuesday morning in San Diego.
According to reports from the San Diego Police Department, the crash took place at around 2:30 a.m. near the Home Avenue exit of state Route 94, where a Nissan SUV crashed into a guardrail and rolled. Another driver who witnessed the crash, 30 year old Rosa Garcia, pulled to the side of the highway to help, using a crowbar to pry to SUV’s driver free.
After being extricated from her vehicle, the woman then immediately got into a white Mercedes also at the accident site, whose driver adamantly told Garcia not to call the police or fire department. When accident responders nevertheless arrived at the scene, the woman jumped out of the Mercedes and began running on the highway onramp on foot.
When police made it to the scene, a new photographer was able to lead officers to the woman, who was hiding underneath bushes in an empty canal near the sides of the highway. As the woman watched police approach her, she reportedly yelled out repeatedly that her mother had been driving her SUV.
Despite her attempts at shouting her innocence, police promptly arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and violation of court probation. An arraignment date has not yet been released, nor has additional information about her identity. At this time it also appears that the driver of the Mercedes, who seems to know the woman, is not facing criminal charges.
Given the circumstances, the impaired woman is lucky to have escaped without suffering serious injury, or inflicting damages on others on the road around her. Under the influence, your reaction times and decision making abilities are severely diminished, leaving you susceptible to potentially serious accidents resulting in life altering damages or worse.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an accident involving a driver under the influence, you should seek help, as there are legal protections in place to help victims get what they need to recover. Depending on the situation surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to compensation, which an experienced San Diego car accident lawyer can help you receive in full.
At AA Accident Attorneys, we will work hard to get you back onto your feet as quickly as possible, and get you the medical attention you need in the meantime. As always, we will not charge you anything for our legal services until your case is won. If we do not collect on your case, then you will owe us nothing. Call us today for a free evaluation and to learn what we can do to help you!