SOUTH SACRAMENTO -- Five people were injured Sunday when a man suspected of driving under the influence ran a red light in South Sacramento.
Sacramento County Sheriff's Sgt. Shaun Hampton says the man's pickup truck was being pursued by a patrol car after hitting speeds of up to 70 mph.
The driver then sped through a red light and T-boned another car, according to Hampton.
"My dad called saying my little sisters had been in a car crash," said Jorge Ayala. "My heart was just beating so fast. I came out here as fast as I could."
It was a terrifying moment for the brother of two of the injured victims after the multi-car crash at the intersection of Power Inn and Florin roads.
"The sheriff's department was in pursuit of the red truck here for a speed violation," said CHP Sgt. J.D. Cook. "The red truck accelerated and attempted to escape the sheriffs."
The pickup truck crashed into several cars, including a green Mustang with Ayala's young sisters and a relative inside.
"I got out, ran across and I noticed that there was two little girls in the car still. And one of them was unconscious," said one woman.
She immediately jumped in to help.
"Two gentlemen came and helped me get the kids out because they were stuck in there," the woman said. "Those poor little girls were just so scared."
The 22-year-old driver of the red pickup truck was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI.
Ayala says his relative, who was driving the Mustang, is undergoing surgery. His sisters are OK.
He says he is grateful for the people who helped his sisters.
"I just want to say thank you because if it wasn’t for her who knows if they could have made it out," Ayala said.
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