DUI driver leads officers on chase from Atascadero to Pismo Beach

July 1, 2022


An allegedly intoxicated driver led officers on a high-speed chase Thursday evening from Atascadero to Pismo Beach, culminating with a crash on Highway 101.

Shortly before 7 p.m., a 911 caller reported a possible DUI driver traveling southbound on Highway 101 through Atascadero in a red Chevrolet pickup. A CHP officer then tracked down the vehicle and attempted to stop it.

The driver, 21-year-old Alejandro CuellarMaldonado of San Miguel, did not stop, and a pursuit ensued. CuellarMaldonado attempted to evade officers while driving at high speeds and weaving in and out of traffic, according to the CHP.

After continuing at high speeds from North County to South County, CuellarMaldonado eventually lost control of his vehicle and collided with a Tesla on southbound Highway 101 south of Spyglass Drive. The crash disabled the San Miguel man’s vehicle.

Officers then took CuellarMaldonado into custody without further incident. Two passengers inside CuellarMaldonado’s vehicle sustained minor injuries, as did two of the occupants of the Tesla.

Authorities arrested CuellarMaldonado for felony DUI and felony evading and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail. He currently remains in custody with his bail set at $100,000.

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Cops need more tools in their toolbox. Why does it take so long to embrace new technology that makes their job and the public safer? Apparently, the CHP, SLO County Sheriff and SLOPD don’t have any of their vehicles equipped with the “The Grappler”. Invented and in service in Arizona, The Grappler quickly puts an end to police chases such as occurred in this instance. See it at policebumper.com

Why not PIT the vehicle or lay down spikes strips at one of the many overpasses? Stop him by any means if he’s a danger to society. That’s too many miles to travel with no intervention. I’m glad my kids and I weren’t in his path.

Hey Monday morning quarterback, are you suggesting that police do not know these things or didn’t use an opportunity to employ them? You weren’t there and you do not know the specifics of the incident. Until you do, shut up.

Good throw the CA justice system book at him so he stays in jail for 2 whole days…..

Pure luck that this DUI suspect didn’t kill himself and/or innocent victims.