H.B. man suspected of DUI after fiery crash at gas station in Seal Beach


A Huntington Beach man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after his car struck another vehicle and a gas pump in Seal Beach, resulting in a fire and injuries to a gas station customer, police said.

The Seal Beach Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority responded to a report of a traffic collision just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday at the Chevron station at 2950 Westminster Ave., said Seal Beach police spokesman Mike Henderson.

A customer who was pumping gas also was hit and was hospitalized for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. No other serious injuries were reported, according to OCFA spokesman Tony Bommarito.


James Eric Chang, 44, was arrested, Henderson said. He was booked into Orange County Jail and released on bond, jail records show.

The crash caused $125,000 in property damage, including $100,000 in damage to the gas station, Bommarito said.