Sacto 9-1-1
July 21, 2013
Wrong-way driver was Sacramento man, officers say

The driver who allegedly drove the wrong way on I-5 Saturday evening, causing two crashes and sending three people to the hospital, was identified as Anthony Sabala, 65, of Sacramento, said California Highway Patrol officials Sunday.

"He is facing charges of felony DUI," said Officer Lizz Dutton, spokeswoman for CHP, adding that he has been placed under arrest.

Sabala was listed in critical condition at UC Davis Medical Center Sunday.

At 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Sabala was allegedly driving the wrong way on Highway 99, when he crossed into the northbound lanes of I-5.

The driver of a northbound blue Honda saw Sabala's vehicle and swerved to the right, hitting a silver Mercedes SUV. Two people in the Honda, a man and a woman, were not hurt. The male driver of the SUV complained of pain, according to Dutton, and was taken to UC Davis Medical Center.

A white car behind the blue Honda then crashed head-on with Sabala's vehicle. Dutton said the 41-year-old male driver of the white vehicle was transported to UC Davis Medical Center.

The two crashes, which are being investigated separately, snarled traffic for about 45 minutes Saturday. It was not known where Sabala got onto Highway 99, or how far he traveled before he allegedly caused the accidents.

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