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DUI suspected in coffee house crash

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SAN DIEGO - A suspected drunken driver crashed into a lamp post, sending it crashing down near people seated outside a coffee house in University Heights early Wednesday morning,  witnesses said.

"I watched this car go across the street and slam into that pole," said Tim Graves. "I see the gentleman sitting right there and I'm like 'get up!'"

Graves said the man, sitting directly under the lamp post,  got out of the way as the car came zooming toward him.

"It hit the light pole and was coming over my head, and I was like, 'Oh shit, I got to get up,'" said Ron Weaver.

Witnesses said they heard three loud crashes outside Lestat's Coffee House on Park Boulevard around 1 a.m.. Three cars were smashed, but two of them didn't have drivers.

"I was just thinking - how's this possible?" said Weaver. "There were three cars involved in this accident and nobody was in any of the driver's seats."

Graves said a woman driving a Mercedes slammed into a parked Jeep Cherokee. The jeep hit another parked sports utility vehicle which sent it rolling across the street smashing the lamp post. Police arrived and gave the woman a field sobriety test.

"She couldn't stand up straight," said Weaver. "She was shaking back and forth... and she said that she was texting and that's why she hit the cars, and that she was only going 25 miles an hour. But that's not possible. She was such a liar."

Police said the woman's blood alcohol level was .13, which was .05 over the legal limit. The owner of the coffee shop said there was a light rain falling at the time, because the area outside is usually packed with patrons and the outcome could've been really bad.

SAN DIEGO - A driver crashed into a street lamp post which snapped off of its base and came crashing down feet away from people seated outside a coffee house in University Heights Wednesday morning, according to witnesses.

"I watched this car go across the street and slam into that pole," said Tim Graves. "I see the gentleman sitting right there and I'm like 'get up!'"

Graves said the man, sitting directly under the lamp post,  got out of the way as the car came zooming toward him.

"It hit the light pole and was coming over my head, and I was like, 'Oh shit, I got to get up,'" said Ron Weaver.

Witnesses said they heard three loud crashes outside Lestat's Coffee House on Park Boulevard around 1 a.m.. Three cars were smashed, but two of them didn't have drivers.

"I was just thinking - how's this possible?" said Weaver. "There were three cars involved in this accident and nobody was in any of the driver's seats."

Graves said a woman driving a Mercedes slammed into a parked Jeep Cherokee. The jeep hit another parked sports utility vehicle which sent it rolling across the street smashing the lamp post. Police arrived and gave the woman a field sobriety test.

"She couldn't stand up straight," said Weaver. "She was shaking back and forth... and she said that she was texting and that's why she hit the cars, and that she was only going 25 miles an hour. But that's not possible. She was such a liar."

Police said the woman's blood alcohol level was .13, which was .05 over the legal limit. The owner of the coffee shop said there was a light rain falling at the time, because the area outside is usually packed with patrons and the outcome could've been really bad.

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