Driver arrested on DUI suspicion after car wedged on Golden Gate Bridge 

click to enlarge An alleged drunken driver wedged his Ford Mustang on the west sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge early Tuesday morning. Daniel Soto, 22, of San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of DUI. - GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE HIGHWAY AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT VIA AP
  • Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District via AP
  • An alleged drunken driver wedged his Ford Mustang on the west sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge early Tuesday morning. Daniel Soto, 22, of San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

A Ford Mustang driven by an alleged drunk driver that became wedged on the west sidewalk of the Golden Gate Bridge on Tuesday morning has been removed, a bridge spokeswoman said.

The car was lifted by a crane and placed on a flatbed truck, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman Priya David Clemens said.

Traffic on both sides of the bridge was briefly stopped while the Mustang was hoisted onto the truck, Clemens said.

"It took about five minutes," she said.

Clemens told KTVU (Ch. 2) that the crash wasn't directly related to the heavy rain in the Bay Area.

California Highway Patrol officials said 22-year-old Daniel Soto of San Francisco was driving the Mustang south when he drove onto the wide area of the west sidewalk near the north anchorage at 5:13 a.m. The car was speeding when it crashed through concrete and steel barriers separating the pedestrian walkway and bike path from the traffic lanes, authorities said.

Soto reportedly kept driving for 400 yards until the car became wedged between the railing and anchorage where the sidewalk narrows, authorities said. The bridge walkway was empty when the wreck occurred.

Soto was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Marin General Hospital, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said.

Clemens said bridge crews covered the blue Mustang with a tarp to help prevent drivers from slowing down to look at it.

Bridge traffic did slow because of the rainy weather but was moving smoothly again as of around 10:30 a.m.

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