I-15 Wrong-way Driver Believed To Be DUI When It Happened

10 News has reported on an accident that happened in Fallbrook that police say was caused by DUI. A car burst into flames after a head-on collision on I-15.

The crash involved two vehicles near the Mission Road exit around 4 am according to the California Highway Patrol. A 2014 Audi was going south in the northbound speed lane and collided with a 2013 Toyota. The Toyota caught fire from the impact.

Witnesses were able to pull the driver out of the burning truck before he was killed. Paramedics got him to the hospital. He was described as a 46-year-old man with major injuries.

When officers questioned the responsible driver, he told them he was coming from Los Angeles and thought he was on I-5 in Encinitas. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, and suffered minor injuries in the crash. Police have since told the media that “alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this traffic collision.”

When you’re suspected for DUI, anything you say can and will be used against you. This man’s claim that he was on the wrong interstate will make it much harder to raise a defense against the charges. Regardless, even if the man was cold sober driving the wrong way down the interstate is a serious offense, plus he may have killed a man.

We hope that the other driver recovers completely from his injuries.

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