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Suspected drunk driver's trail of destruction captured on camera

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(CBS 8) - A Menifee man used his iPhone to record shocking video of a suspected drunk driver, whose trail of destruction was caught on camera through two counties, starting in Escondido.

Menifee resident Ryan Kessman was driving home from North County to Riverside County late last month, when the driver of a grey Mercedes driving ahead of him seemed to lose control.

"She was swerving, getting pretty crazy on the road," Kessman said.

Kessman reached for his smart phone to try to capture the unfolding chaos on video.

"Who knows what's going to happen? So I pull out my iPhone," he said. "I was paying attention to the road."

The reckless - and recorded - ride lasted from Escondido, eventually on to the 215 to Sun City, just beyond Menifee.

At one point, the driver of the Mercedes, later identified by CHP as 33-year-old Lena Moreno of San Diego, proceeded to drive on the left shoulder, then plowed into a white van.

Seemingly unfazed, the driver later sped up, then without warning slammed on the brakes and crashed into another car.

Moreno finally pulled off the freeway and into a Wendy's parking lot as Kessman continued to record.

She then got out of her Mercedes and confronted him.

"Now she takes out her keys and she's banging on the window, cracked the window. she was just hitting it super hard," Kessman said. "Then she got more upset, hits my mirror, breaks my mirror."

As Moreno, a Riverside county employee, allegedly vandalized Kessman's vehicle, he called 911.

Minutes later, CHP officers found Moreno hiding in the restaurant's bathroom, allegedly intoxicated, and placed her under arrest.

"It seemed so much like a movie, looking back on it," Kessman added, "I still cant believe some of the stuff I saw."

Moreno, who is 33, currently faces charges of driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level over .08 percent and hit-and-run resulting in property damage.

Her next court appearance is May 25th.

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