Posted: 7:09 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Suspected drunk driver leaves path of destruction on El Cerrito street

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KTVU.com Staff
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EL CERRITO, Calif. —

A suspected drunken driver sped onto an El Cerrito sidewalk early Tuesday, slamming into a tree, a bench, a parking sign and several buildings before his heavily damaged vehicle came to a stop, authorities said.

El Cerrito Police Sgt. Scott Cliatt said the debris field from the crash stretched for a full block of Van Fleet Ave.

“This is a pretty large collision scene,” he told KTVU. “It’s one of the largest I’ve even seen. It’s amazing no one was injured.”

Cliatt said officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision at Van Fleet and San Pablo avenues around 12:10 a.m.

A speeding Honda Civic drove onto a sidewalk at San Pablo and Columbia avenues and created a wake of debris as it struck several businesses, trees, garbage cans and benches before coming to rest.

The driver fled as officers arrived but was taken into custody a short distance away from the crash scene, police said.

Pedestrians were in the area during the crash but there were not injured, Cliatt said.

The driver, whose identity was not released, was a 25-year-old Berkeley man booked into the Contra Costa County Martinez Detention facility on suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run, and resisting arrest.

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