A wrong-way drunk driver caused a crash that injured four people on Highway 1 near Paso Robles.
Four people were injured Sunday night in one of several car accidents caused by a drunk driver going the wrong way on Highway 101 near Paso Robles.
• A drunk driver drove the wrong way on a highway and would not pull over for the CHP.
• Several cars crashed trying to avoid being slammed by the wrong-way car.
• A Chevy Tahoe flipped over when it swerved to try to get out of the way. Four occupants of the SUV were injured.
• CHP officers and county sheriff’s deputies finally got her to stop in the median. She was arrested on two felony charges and booked into the county jail.
The drunk driving accident occurred shortly after 2 a.m., according to an article in the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
The California Highway Patrol said it received calls shortly before the accident reporting that a car was travelling southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 101 near 24th Street in Paso Robles.
A CHP patrol car caught up with the wrong-way vehicle — a Dodge Nitro driven by 27-year-old Della Ortiz of Los Banos — near the San Anselmo exit in Atascadero (12 miles south of Paso Robles).
The patrol car drove parallel to the vehicle and tried to talk Ortiz into pulling over. They used emergency lights, siren, spotlights, and public address system, but Ortiz continued driving.
Several accidents ensued as drivers swerved to avoid being hit by Ortiz’s vehicle. Two cars crashed into each other just south of Highway 41, but no one was injured. About a minute later, a Chevy Tahoe flipped over while trying to avoid getting slammed by Ortiz’s car.
Four passengers in the Chevy Tahoe were injured. One of them suffered moderate injuries and the other three suffered minor injuries, according to a KSBY News report. The driver was not hurt.
The CHP got assistance from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and finally got Ortiz to stop her vehicle in the median north of Santa Barbara Road in Atascadero.
Ortiz, who was not injured, was arrested on two felony charges: driving the wrong way on a divided highway, and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injuries.
She was booked into the San Luis Obispo County jail.
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