California Highway Patrol officers arrested a Salida man after his pickup truck landed on top of a car early today when both vehicles tumbled off of Highway 99 and down an embankment.
Both drivers involved suffered minor injuries, Officer Tom Killian said.
Mungai Wa Waruingi, 22, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run, Killian said. Waruingi ran away from the crash site, but CHP officers caught up and took him into custody without further incident, Killian said.
Arvhin Barque Daquioag, 32, of Lathrop, was taken by ambulance and treated at Memorial Medical Center in Modesto, he said.
Fire crews extracted Daquioag from the Acura, said Capt. Gary Lopez with the Modesto Fire Department.
Waruingi was driving a 2006 Toyota Tacoma about 75 mph south on Highway 99 in the far left lane and Daquioag was driving a 1991 Acura about 65 mph south on the freeway’s middle lane, Killian said.
The Toyota made an unsafe lane change and struck the Acura, causing both vehicles to slide off the road and down an embankment, he said.
Lopez said when crews arrived at the scene about 3:50 a.m. between Briggsmore and Kansas avenues, the Acura was upside down on its roof and the pickup truck was cantilevering over the top of it.
They didn’t find anybody inside the pickup, so firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to search the area in case he had been ejected, Lopez said.