OCEANSIDE (CNS) - A 28-year-old Chula Vista man was hospitalized with major injuries Friday and facing drunken driving charges for causing a three-car crash on Interstate 5 in Oceanside, authorities said.
The crash on southbound I-5 near the Santa Margarita River overcrossing occurred about 9:40 p.m. Thursday, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Tommy Doerr.
The man was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier when he abruptly made an unsafe left turn, crossing directly into the path of other southbound vehicles, Doerr said in a statement. The Chevrolet was broadsided by a 2004 Honda Accord driven by a 63-year-old Oceanside woman, he said.
A 28-year-old La Jolla man driving a 2013 Dodge Avenger behind the Honda then rear-ended it, according to Doerr.
The man in the Chevrolet sustained major injuries and was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, where he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.
"Due to the severity of his injuries, the driver was released to the custody of the hospital for further medical treatment," Doerr said.
Paramedics also took the driver of the Honda to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, he said, adding she suffered moderate injuries.
The driver of the Avenger was not injured.