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Lillian Boyd, Dana Point Times
A man involved in a three-vehicle crash attempted to flee the site of the collision before brandishing a firearm when witnesses followed him.
The crash occurred at 7:12 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 on Pacific Coast Highway near the intersection with Golden Lantern. A white Mustang had veered into oncoming traffic and struck a Prius, and subsequently a Subaru was also struck.
There were three individuals in the Mustang, and at least one exited the vehicle and attempted to leave the area, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Carrie Braun.
“Some witnesses of the collision started to follow that individual, and that’s when he brandished a firearm,” Braun said. “OCSD believes he fired a shot, but it did not strike anyone.”
Though OCSD’s Air Support Unit helicopter Duke was deployed, responding patrol deputies were able to locate the suspect who had brandished the firearm.
Three individuals were detained at the scene. However, OCSD is still trying to determine who was driving the Mustang and who fled the scene. One individual who had been in the Subaru was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Lillian Boyd is the senior editor for Picket Fence Media and city editor for Dana Point Times. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. Her work experience includes interviewing incarcerated individuals in the Los Angeles County jails, an internship at the Pentagon covering U.S. Army news as well as reporting and anchoring for a local news radio station in Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @Lillianmboyd and follow Dana Point Times at @danapointtimes.