Garden Grove

Man arrested in “deliberate” traffic crash

A SUSPECT has been arrested and a woman hospitalized in a multi-car crash in Garden Grove Friday that police believe was deliberate.

Police have arrested a man they say deliberately drove his car into five cars stopped at a red light in Garden Grove late Friday night. One person has been hospitalized and the investigation into the crash continues.

According to the GGPD, the incident occurred around 9:55 p.m. in the area of Lampson Avenue and Harbor Boulevard. Witnesses said the cars were stopped at a traffic signal in the westbound lanes of Lampson, east of Harbor.

The suspect’s car came in from the east at a “high rate of speed” and crashed into the stopped autos, causing a chain reaction. The suspect vehicle came to a stop when it slammed into two vehicles parked at the north curb line of Lampson.

A 34-year-old woman was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange for treatment of facial injuries and a broken collarbone. She is listed in fair condition.

Witnesses said they helped the suspect out of his crashed vehicle, but he then fled on foot from the area before police could arrive. However, several hours later the GGPD received phone calls from the suspect’s family, who lived nearby.

After the crash, he had went to his family’s home, where he reportedly said he’s been involved in the incident and ran away. Statements were made to police stating that the ramming had been deliberate, but the suspect did not show signs of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The suspect, who was booked into Orange County Jail, was described only as a 23-year-old man. Witnesses to the incident are asked to call the GGPD’s Crimes Against Persons Unit at (714) 741-5800.

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