Early-morning Claremont crash results in DUI arrest

A Claremont woman was arrested for DUI early Wednesday morning after causing a dramatic crash and trying to flee the scene.

Brianna Ryan, 30, was driving a silver Volkswagen at high speeds down Mountain Avenue around 1:30 a.m. The bottom of her car hit a concrete gutter in the intersection at Bonita, according to Lt. Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department.

“Basically, she bottomed out,” Lt. Ciszek said.

This caused her to collide with a parked Toyota truck, her car getting wedged underneath it. The crash set off a chain reaction, with the parked truck hitting a Chevrolet SUV, which then hit two other cars.

Ms. Ryan was apprehended after fleeing into an alleyway south of where the crash happened near the intersection of Mountain and Bonita Avenues, according to Lt. Ciszek.

Residents nearby were awoken by the sound of the crash.

“I heard the collision, a female voice yelling ‘ow’ and then when I looked out my window I saw her [the driver] running towards the dead end and she made a right into the senior apartments,” resident Ronald Scott said.

When police arrived, Mr. Scott pointed the direction the driver had run and they found her almost immediately.

Ms. Ryan was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and was arrested for DUI and hit & run and transported to CPD jail.

—Matthew Bramlett



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