According to a San Diego Police Department officer at the scene, the driver, believed to be in his 20s, left the Pacers Showgirls International club on Midway Drive at about 9:30 p.m March 5 at a high rate of speed when he suddenly made a left turn onto Wing Street and lost control of the vehicle.
The Ford truck first struck a parked Lexus SUV before roaring into the parking lot of the International House of Pancakes restaurant at Midway Drive and Wing Street and blasting through a concrete wall of the Bay Inn and Suites, 3325 Midway Drive, an L-shaped business with a row of rooms running behind the restaurant.
The parked Lexus sustained major damage.
Following the crash into the wall, the driver leaped from his vehicle and ran south on Wing Street several blocks, reportedly removing his shirt. When police arrived, witnesses, who followed the driver, but did not attempt to detain him, pointed him out and officers took him into custody.
The unidentified driver was not injured but was charged with hit-and-run and was being evaluated for drunk driving, according to an officer at the scene.
Police and San Diego Fire-Rescue Department personnel inspected the motel building where only parking spaces were located on the level of the vehicle's entry. Two of the eight rooms above the damaged area were occupied and those guests were relocated to different rooms as a precaution.