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Drunk driver arrested for five hit and runs in one night in San Diego

December 18, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drunk driver arrested for five hit and runs in one night in San Diego

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A suspected drunk driver in San Diego was apprehended on Friday after injuring several people in five separate hit-and-runs incidents – which all occurred in one night – and leading police on a pursuit.

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO) revealed that 26-year-old Michael Dorman from North County was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after an unusual series of hit-and-runs that all occurred within less than two hours.

The SDSO indicated that the incident began at approximately 5 p.m. when Dorman hit a pedestrian in the parking lot of an Albertson’s grocery store. Dorman left after the accident, and the victim in that first incident sustained shoulder and hip pain and was transported to a nearby hospital.

As deputies were investigating the initial hit-and-run, they received two additional calls of hit-and-runs within five minutes in the same area, NBC7 San Diego reported.

The SDSO stated that those calls included another pedestrian who was struck by a car. That victim sustained leg and head injuries and needed to be airlifted to Palomar Medical Center. The third hit-and-run involved the suspect crashing into another motorist.

In all three incidents, the suspect was behind the wheel of a white Ford Explorer.

Mere moments later, deputies were dispatched to yet another hit-and-run, in which two pedestrians were hit – again by the same driver in the Ford Explorer. The victims endured minor injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals.

Then, deputies discovered that the suspected drunk driver in all of the hit-and-runs was Dorman. Bystanders told law enforcement that Dorman looked like he was intentionally swerving to hit the two pedestrians. Dorman had also reportedly purposely sideswiped another vehicle.

Soon after, a fifth incident was reported, with Dorman as the primary suspect.

Deputies then tracked down Dorman and attempted to pull him over.

He tried to flee, and a pursuit followed, which lasted for about 15 minutes. Deputies reported that Dorman hit at least two other vehicles and a tree as he tried to speed off.

Just before 6:40 p.m., deputies managed to stop and apprehend Dorman. He was taken to the Vista Detention Facility on nearly a dozen charges, including driving on probation, attempted murder, and DUI.

Booking documents revealed that he was driving with a blood-alcohol content of close to twice the legal limit. His first court appearance is listed for Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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