Driver crashes truck in Santa Maria after fleeing CHP
February 4, 2013
A man driving a stolen truck crashed into several vehicles and injured three people Sunday while leading the California Highway Patrol on a chase from Nipomo to Santa Maria. [KSBY]
A CHP officer attempted to stop 21-year-old Juan Benitez around 3:20 p.m. Sunday on Highway 101 near Nipomo. But, Benitez, an Arroyo Grande resident, did not stop and instead drove to Santa Maria.
Benitez exited the freeway on Broadway and sideswiped several cars before crashing head on into a Mazda on Donovan Road.
Two passengers received treatment in a hospital for moderate injuries. After officers arrested Benitez, he, too, went to the hospital. The only passenger in the stolen truck who did not sustain any injuries was a two-year-old.