A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Sunday, February 5th, after he lost control of his Porsche on an off-ramp of the Santa Monica Freeway (Interstate 10) and crashed into an apartment building fence in Santa Monica, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials.
The driver and one of the two passengers in the vehicle suffered minor injuries in the crash, which was reported at about 12:40 a.m., CHP Sgt. Frank Sandoval said.
Highway patrol officers arrested the driver, David Partowashraf of Tarzana, on suspicion of driving under the influence, Sandoval said.
The accident occurred when the 1999 Porsche, heading westbound on I-10, was reportedly exiting the Fifth Street off-ramp in Santa Monica at “excessive speed” and struck the rear of a 1990 Mazda Miata, Sandoval said.
The Porsche driver lost control of the vehicle and went over an embankment and across Fifth Street, crashing into a perimeter fence of an apartment building, Sandoval said.
The driver of the Mazda was not injured, according to CHP.
Highway patrol officers were called to the scene and closed the Fifth Street off-ramp of the freeway at 12:51 a.m., CHP Officer John Seumanutafa said.
The Porsche sustained major damage and the Mazda sustained minor rear-end damage, Sandoval said.