Driver Allegedly High on PCP Hits 2 Vehicles in Wrong-Way Crash, Then Smashes Into Torrance Restaurant

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A man suspected of driving under the influence of PCP collided with two vehicles, a fire hydrant and a power pole before finally crashing through the wall of a restaurant Tuesday night.

A car is seen after crashing into a restaurant in Torrance on April 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)
A car is seen after crashing into a restaurant in Torrance on April 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

The crash occurred about 10:55 p.m. at a restaurant/karaoke bar located in the 2200 block of Artesia Boulevard, Torrance Police Department Lt. Steve Dajou said.

A wrong-way driver was travelling westbound in the eastbound lanes when the vehicle collided with two oncoming vehicles, Dajou said.

The wrong-way vehicle then struck a pole and a fire hydrant before finally careening into the side of the restaurant.

All of the restaurant employees and customers were in the back of the building singing karaoke when the crash occurred, Dajou said, adding that none were injured.

Surveillance video from inside the building shows an empty area of the restaurant when a car suddenly comes crashing through the wall.

Dust and debris are spread throughout the restaurant, making it difficult to even see the car that crashed inside.

The driver, identified as Jose Ferrez of Federal Way, Washington, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries Dajou said.

Investigators were informed at the hospital that Ferrez was under the influence of PCP, the Police Department stated in a news release.

Ferrez will be charged for DUI and an outstanding warrant from the State of Washington, according to the news release.

The occupants of the other two vehicles involved in the wrong-way collision were not injured.

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