Man attempts to avoid arrest by hiding behind tree after South San Francisco DUI crash

A DUI suspect is in custody after he wrecked his car and attempted to evade police. (Photo courtesy of the South San Francisco Police Department)

An alleged DUI driver attempted to elude capture by hiding behind a tree after crashing his vehicle in South San Francisco, according to police.

The single-vehicle crash happened Sunday morning on Junipero Serra Boulevard near Hickey Boulevard, the South San Francisco Police Department said.

Officers noticed the extensively damaged vehicle facing the wrong direction, blocking traffic.

With assistance from the Colma Police Department, officers located the suspected driver hiding behind a nearby tree.


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Officers will decide case-by-case to either take the first-time offender to jail or arrest them with a criminal citation and allow them to sober up.

Authorities said the suspect was intoxicated, driving with a suspended license, and had a previous DUI conviction, along with outstanding warrants.

Officers said that the suspect lost control of his vehicle, veering off the road and colliding with a guardrail.

No injuries were reported.