Navy Helps Find Suspected DUI Driver After Crash Near Naval Base San Diego

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The damaged SUV after the early morning crash. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

Marina police helped arrest a suspected hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning after a two-car crash near San Diego Naval Base.

A male victim was heading south on Interstate 5 in a Lincoln SUV when he was allegedly struck by the male driver of a Mazda shortly before 2 a.m., according to OnScene.TV.

Both vehicles left the freeway, with the Lincoln blocking the Main Street entrance ramp near the Yama Street base gate. The Mazda fell down a steep embankment before going over the edge of a large storm channel, overturned and came to rest against a base security fence.

The Mazda driver, OnScene reported, kicked out the rear window and fled on foot.

Base officers began searching the area for the driver, while medics sent the victim to a local hospital to be checked for injuries.

The ramp was closed for more than three hours for cleaning, towing of the vehicles and the investigation, in charge of the California Highway Patrol.

Authorities at the base found the driver of the Mazda, according to OnScene, and contacted CHP officers, who arrested him on suspicion of DUI.

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