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Driver arrested on suspicion of DUI after striking 3 cars, injuring 2 in Costa Mesa

Victor Manuel Carpio, 28, of Chino, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of DUI driving in Costa Mesa.
Victor Manuel Carpio, 28, of Chino, was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of DUI driving after a collision in Costa Mesa injured two vehicle occupants.
(Courtesy of the Costa Mesa Police Department)

Costa Mesa police on Sunday arrested a man on suspicion of driving under the influence, after a truck he was driving on Newport Boulevard ran over a median and struck three vehicles in a left turn lane, officials reported.

Lt. Ed Everett of the Costa Mesa Police Department said Monday officers were called out to the intersection of Newport Boulevard and Broadway shortly before 9 p.m. on Sunday regarding a multiple-vehicle collision with injuries.

Victor Manuel Carpio, 28, of Chino, was reportedly driving a GMC truck northbound on Newport Boulevard near the intersection when he allegedly drove over a raised median and struck several vehicles in the southbound left turn lane.

“As he passed Broadway, he either lost control or swerved, went up on a center median and struck three cars,” Everett reported.

Two occupants of the vehicles Carpio struck sustained minor injuries and were transported to a nearby hospital.

Everett said Carpio is alleged to have kicked an officer during the incident and an improperly stored gun was found inside his truck. He was detained and arrested on suspicion of causing injury while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in addition to battery on a police officer and carrying a concealed firearm.

An online prison inmate locator maintained by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department showed Carpio was being held at the Intake Release Center for men Monday on $100,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in Central Jail Court on Tuesday.

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