The California Highway Patrol Thursday sought witnesses and potential victims in connection with the arrest of a motorist suspected of driving out of control on northbound Interstate 15 through north San Diego County into Temecula, weaving in and out of lanes and repeatedly running his car into the freeway center divider.

Omar Gandara, 28, of Murrieta was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence after his alleged high-speed perilous driving stunts culminated in a crash near the exit to state Route 79.

Gandara posted bond and was released from the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on Wednesday.

CHP Officer Mike Lassig told City News Service that the investigation is active, and CHP personnel are going through call logs in an attempt to track down potential eyewitnesses, as well as victims of the alleged reckless driver. Anyone who might have information was urged to contact the agency’s Temecula office at (951) 506-2000.

The CHP began fielding 911 calls from motorists about the suspect around 4:50 p.m. Tuesday. Callers told the CHP that the driver of a 2007 Scion TC coupe was traveling about 90 mph, darting in and out of lanes and using the inner shoulder, adjacent to the center divider, to get around slower traffic on the northbound I-15 near Miramar Road in Mira Mesa.

Lassig said the Scion struck the center divider wall several times, but the driver managed to continue northbound.

One witness told the CHP that the Scion clipped a utility pickup truck, but that victim has yet to be identified, according to Lassig.

There were also reports that the driver was yelling at motorists as he sped around them.

Officers from the Temecula area and north San Diego County attempted to find the suspect, who covered about 45 miles before losing control of his car at 5:35 p.m. near the exit to Highway 79.

“He went over the center divider and vaulted onto the southbound side of the freeway,” Lassig said.

The Scion somehow missed hitting other vehicles, overturning on the shoulder of southbound I-15.

Gandara extricated himself from the wreckage and was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not require hospitalization.

He has no documented prior felony or misdemeanor convictions in Riverside County.

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