Suspected drunken driver hits ambulance near Del Mar

By City News Service

A suspected drunken driver was arrested early Sept. 9 after rear-ending an ambulance on Interstate 5 near Del Mar, causing minor injuries, authorities said.

A person in the ambulance called for help about 1:25 a.m. after being struck by the other vehicle in the northbound freeway lanes approaching Via De La Valle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The suspected drunken driver's vehicle caught fire after the crash, and firefighters extinguished the blaze, according to the CHP and the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

A fire dispatcher said three people were taken to hospitals following the crash, but citing federal privacy laws, he did not say how many of the injured people had been in which vehicle.

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