ESCONDIDO (CNS) - A 21-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of felony drunken driving in connection with a northern San Diego County traffic crash that left him unconscious in his burning car until a police officer pulled him to safety.
Uriel Basurto Sierra of Sylmar was booked into county jail in Vista early Tuesday morning, Escondido police Lt. Neal Griffin said.
About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Sylmar allegedly ran a red light at Broadway and West Valley Parkway, sending his northbound Nissan Altima crashing into the driver's side of a Lincoln Navigator traveling through the intersection.
Both vehicles came to rest at the southeast corner of the road crossing, near Escondido City Hall, and the Nissan caught fire.
Moments after arriving in the area, a patrol officer found Sierra slumped unresponsive in his burning sedan and tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher. When the attempt failed, the lawman got into the car and dragged Sierra out.
Emergency crews had to cut apart the Lincoln to free its driver. A passenger in the SUV was able to get out without help.
All three of people involved in the accident were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Sierra was being held in county jail in Vista on $100,000 bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Thursday afternoon.
Multiple small brush fires near Otay Mesa and San Ysidro on Sunday forced authorities to shut down lanes and connector ramps of two freeways before firefighters could get the situation under control.
An 18-year-old man was stabbed after he got into a fight with another man on a street in the Redwood Village area of San Diego, authorities said Sunday.
Volunteers turned out in force Saturday to participate in the I Love a Clean San Diego’s 16th Annual Creek to Bay Clean Up.
A toddler was badly injured Saturday after being struck by a pickup truck at Crawford High School in the neighborhood of El Cerrito, police said.