Wrong way driver arrested on suspicion of DUI in San Jose

SAN JOSE (KRON) — The driver of a car involved in a wrong-way head-on collision early Wednesday morning on Interstate 280 in San Jose has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

The susepct has been identified as 23-year-old Tarick Dereje of North Hollywood, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said.

At about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, CHP officers responded to a report of a vehicle that had crashed and ended up on its roof.

Dereje was allegedly driving the silver Volkswagen northbound in the southbound lanes of I-280 near Bird Avenue when he hit a red Chevy causing it to overturn. Shortly after that, a BMW also struck the Volkswagen.

The driver of the Chevy, a 24-year-old Livermore woman, and the Volkswagen were taken to the hospital with major injuries but are expected to survive.

The driver of the BMW, a 29-year-old San Jose woman, did not suffer any significant injuries, according to officers.

All southbound lanes were closed to traffic at about 3:45 a.m. One lane was reopened by 4:45 a.m. All lanes were reopened by 7 a.m.

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