BASSETT — Good Samaritans captured and detained an intoxicated driver who tried to flee the scene of a crash on the 605 Freeway, authorities said.
Keith Wardell Jones, 44, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, California Highway Patrol Officer Doris Peniche said. Additional charges may be added later.
The 5 a.m. crash snarled the morning commute on southbound 605 Freeway, just north of the 60 Freeway, as it prompted a Sig-Alert for the carpool and fast lane of the freeway for more than an hour, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The suspect was driving a Chrysler Sebring at more than 100 mph when he became involved in a crash with a Honda Pilot, Peniche said.
“Right after the crash, he was trying to leave the scene,” Officer Luis Mendoza said.
“People saw him kind of staggering, walking away from he scene,” Mendoza said. “They tried to hold him in place. He became a little aggressive.”
“One of the people actually handcuffed the guy with flexcuffs,” Mendoza said. “They put the flexcuffs on him and they made him sit down.”
Officials were also investigating witness statement that Jones had attempted to carjack another driver after the crash, Peniche said.
When CHP officers arrived, the suspect was not cooperative and refused to submit sobriety tests, she said. Officers determined he appeared to be under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.
The driver of the Honda Pilot that collided with Jones’ Chrysler suffered minor-to-moderate injuries, while the passenger in the Honda suffered more serious wounds, including injuries to the head and spine, Peniche said.