Bizarre car crash: A man who was weaning himself off pain pills drove head-on into another car Sunday in Murrieta. Then he got out and stabbed the other driver, tried to stab the passenger, and stabbed himself in the neck with a cordless drill.
• A man who was detoxifying from pain killers started hallucinating while he was driving and intentionally rammed another vehicle in a head-on collision.
• The man then went over to the other vehicle, stabbed the driver and tried to stab the passenger. Then he ran into a neighboring garage, grabbed a power drill, and stabbed himself repeatedly in the neck.
• The driver and passenger of the other car were taken to a nearby hospital to be treated for both accident injuries and stab wounds.
• The man who caused the accident was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and taken to a hospital to be treated for stab wounds and held for mental evaluation.
Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officials said 38-year-old Menifee resident Garrie Aspengren Jr. had been detoxifying from pain medication and had not slept for three to four days at the time of the crash.
Sgt. Jon Wade told the Southwest Riverside News Network that Aspengren was driving down Safflower Street in French Valley when he rammed his van head-on into another vehicle.
“Aspengren began hallucinating and intentionally drove head-on into the other vehicle,” Wade said.
After he slammed into the other vehicle, Aspengren got out of his van, walked over to the other car and stabbed the driver with an unknown object, a sheriff’s department statement said. He then attempted to stab a passenger as well.
Next, Aspengren fled the scene of the accident and ran into the garage of a nearby home. Inside the garage, he grabbed a power drill and repeatedly stabbed himself in the neck, Wade said.
Residents called the sheriff’s department to report the situation. When deputies arrived, they found the homeowner and two other people attempting to detain the bleeding suspect.
Emergency crews transported the driver whom Aspengren stabbed to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta to be treated for the injuries he suffered in the crash as well as the stab wounds he sustained in the assault. The passenger was taken by family members to the Loma Linda hospital to be treated for crash-related injuries, according to the Times report.
Aspengren was taken into custody and transported to Rancho Springs Medical Center, where he was treated for his self-inflicted stab wounds and held for a mental evaluation. Officials said he would be booked for assault with a deadly weapon.
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