A man who drove the wrong way for miles on two freeways crashed into another car, causing a shutdown of southbound Interstate 280 in Los Altos Hills early Sunday morning, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI, the California Highway Patrol said.
The 25-year-old motorist, of Morgan Hill, was reportedly driving his white Toyota Corolla southbound in the northbound lanes of Interstate 680 at Berryessa Road in San Jose at 3:42 a.m. He was allegedly still driving the wrong way as the freeway turned into Interstate Highway 280, at which point he was now driving north in the southbound lane.
CHP San Jose officers responded to reports from its dispatch center, and as the car entered the CHP Redwood City area, officers set up spike strips at Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park to attempt to stop the car. Before the car could get there, the driver collided in a southbound lane near Los Altos Hills with a Ford van being driven by a 50-year-old San Jose resident.
The Toyota came to rest within the slow lane and the shoulder, and the Ford van ended up on its passenger side in the two fast lanes, both on the freeway’s southbound side.
Palo Alto fire and emergency personnel arrived and transported both men to Stanford Hospital with major injuries. CHP said in a statement that it appeared the 25-year-old man was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested and remains in the hospital in the intensive-care unit, CHP spokesman Officer Art Montiel said. The alleged drunk driver suffered very serious injuries; the man in the van had fractures and was not as badly injured, Montiel said on Monday.
All lanes of southbound Highway 280 were closed for almost three hours during the on-scene investigation. CHP diverted traffic at Page Mill Road with minimal impact to traffic.
Witnesses to the collision are asked to contact CHP Officer Anthony Wheeler at 650-369-6261.
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