An allegedly drunken driver crashed into another vehicle along Foothill Boulevard in Pasadena before trying to walk away from the scene on Thursday morning, police said.
The collision took place about 9 a.m. at Foothill Boulevard and Craig Avenue, according to Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Russo.
A white sedan was traveling at an “unsafe speed” when it struck an SUV, he said. The impact lifted the rear of the SUV onto the hood of the car.
No one inside the SUV was hurt, Russo said. The driver of the sedan tried to walk away but was pointed out to responding officers by witnesses.
Officers determined the sedan driver, identified as Henry Alexander Cabral, 42, of San Gabriel, was under the influence of alcohol, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Cabral was treated for minor injuries and booked on suspicion of drunken driving and hit-and-run, Russo said.
Information regarding Cabral’s bail and initial court date was not immediately available.
The crash took place just as police were gearing up for their end of summer anti-DUI crackdown.
In addition to extra DUI patrols and a “Know Your Limit” educational event planned this weekend, the Pasadena Police Department will be kicking off a three-week-long extra enforcement period between August 18 and Labor Day on Sept. 6.
“The increased efforts to address impaired driving are part of a national enforcement campaign, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” police said in a written statement.
As part of the campaign, a DUI checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location in the city on the night of Aug. 20, police said.
“Driving impaired is risky and puts yourself and others around you in serious danger,” Russo said. If you are taking a road trip over the next few weeks, make good choices and drive like your closest friends and family are in the cars around you.”
Anyone who spots an intoxicated driver on the road was urged to call 911.
Police reminded the public that DUI doesn’t only involve alcohol.
“Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana may also impair,” the statement said. “If you plan on drinking or taking medications with a driving warning label, let someone who is sober drive.
Funding for the campaign is being provided by the California Office of
Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.