The driver of a big rig that overturned on the southbound Interstate 5 Tuesday night was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after he fled the scene of the crash, according to authorities.
California Highway Patrol Officer Josh Geengard said the crash was reported at 10:21 p.m. on the southbound I-5 at McBean Parkway. The big rig was found on its side and its cardboard box load was spilled across lanes of the freeway.
Officers closed the two right lanes of the freeway and issued a SigAlert for several hours to clear the debris and wrecked vehicle.
Air support and officers continued to search the surrounding area for the driver.
At approximately 11:30 p.m., CHP received a 911 call from an individual who said “a Hispanic male with a black shirt and no shoes and a laceration on his head asked if he could use his phone,” according to CHP’s report.
CHP responded and located the driver who appeared disoriented and under the influence. The driver was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and for hit and run.
He was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital to be treated for his minor injuries and was then books into the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station.
Authorities reopened all lanes of I-5 at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday.
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