A Los Angeles man was behind bars Friday in Banning on suspicion of driving drugged in a stolen pickup when he collided with another vehicle Monday on Interstate 10 east of Cabazon, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.
One reason investigators believed he was impaired was he was westbound on the 10 but he said he was trying to get to Arizona, CHP Officer Darren Meyer said.
Sergio Borrego, 34, of Glassell Park in northeast L.A., was allegedly driving a 2003 Toyota Tundra west in the slow lane about 80 miles per hour at 1:35 p.m. Monday, west of Haugen-Lehmann Way, Meyer said.
The Tundra was reported stolen earlier that day from Irwindale, between Los Angeles and Azusa in L.A. County, Meyer said.
Borrego came up behind a Ford flatbed hauling a trailer, driven by a 50-year-old Hemet man, and tried to pass the Ford on the right-hand shoulder, Meyer said.
Borrego lost control and collided with the right side of the Ford, went off the freeway on the north side and overturned into a ditch, Meyer said.
Borrego crawled out of the totaled Tundra and was up on the shoulder of the 10 when the first CHP officer arrived, Meyer said. An initial report described Borrego as a suspect with an LA Dodgers tattoo.
No one was injured or hospitalized. A blood technician was summoned and Borrego was arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle, possessing a stolen vehicle, and driving under the influence of a controlled substance, Meyer said.
Investigators were waiting for blood test results to confirm exactly what drug or drugs Borrego was on, Meyer said.
Borrego was arrested at the crash scene at 2:08 p.m. and booked at 6:59 p.m. at Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, according to inmate records.
He remained locked up in Banning on Friday and his bail was listed at $5,000, according to inmate records. He has a court appearance in Banning on Sept. 23.
Read the initial Banning-Beaumont Patch report on the incident .