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Suspected DUI driver rescues victim from burning car

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A DUI driver rescued the victim he had just injured in a crash early Saturday morning, according to CHP officials.

A man was broken down in a red pickup on the shoulder of the southbound 805 at 52, waiting for his son to arrive to assist him. While he was waiting, a drunk driver in a new model white BMW, traveling at full speed, slammed into the back of the disabled motorist.  The impact tore the truck's axle off and exploded the gas tank, spraying burning gas all over the freeway in what firefighters called "a lake of fire."

The disabled motorist was injured and trapped in the burning truck. The drunk driver, along with another motorist, pulled the victim from the burning truck, and dragged him away from the flames.

CHP and firefighters arrived a few minutes later, to discover the truck completely engulfed in a pool of gas flames. Firefighters knocked the flames down, and rushed the victim to an area hospital.

The BMW driver was given DUI tests, which he failed, and has been arrested on DUI charges. He has also been taken to the hospital for head and facial injuries he sustained in the crash. 

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