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22-Year-Old Driver Arrested After Allegedly Fleeing From Fiery Car Crash In San Jose

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(San Jose Police Department)

(San Jose Police Department)

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — San Jose police have arrested a 22-year-old man who allegedly fled the scene of a fiery rollover accident that injured 10 people in eight vehicles Sunday night in east San Jose.

Bryan Cuellar, of San Jose, was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on Sunday on suspicion of felony drunken driving, felony hit-and-run and resisting arrest, police Sgt. Heather Randol said.

(Matt Bigler/CBS)

(Matt Bigler/CBS)

According to police, shortly before 9:30 p.m. Sunday, officers saw a black Mercedes sedan speeding east on Ocala Avenue near Capitol Expressway close to Reid-Hillview Airport.

The driver of the Mercedes failed to stop at a red light, entered the intersection and broadsided another vehicle, causing the Mercedes to roll over several times and collide with several other vehicles, Randol said.

After the Mercedes came to rest in the westbound lane of Ocala Avenue, its driver started to flee on foot but was captured by officers a short distance away, police said.

The Mercedes then caught fire while three people remained trapped inside. Officers used extinguishers to douse the flames until firefighters arrived to take over and remove the passengers from the car, Randol said.

All three passengers in the Mercedes were transported to hospitals for treatment of injuries, police said.

Seven other people were also sent to hospitals because of their injuries in the collision, which involved eight vehicles, according to Randol.

Police are still investigating the case and said speed and alcohol use appear to be factors in the crash.

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