SHANDON, Calif. - A suspected drunken driver was arrested after a collision that killed two Bakersfield residents and an air and ground search Saturday, according to the Taft Midway Driller.
The crash occurred on Highway 46 just west of Shandon in eastern San Luis Obispo Saturday afternoon.
The driver, a 69-year-old man, and a 68-year-old female passenger were killed, the CHP said.
Their names have not yet been released.
The California Highway Patrol said Vincente Muniz Montes, 38, was driving eastbound on Highway 46 in a Jeep near McMillan Canyon Road.
Montes made a left turn into the path of a Nissan Versa driven by the Bakersfield man.
The two vehicles collided. A Toyota Matrix driven by Suzy Ling Ghov, 27, was traveling behind the Bakersfield couple and was unable to stop before the collision, according to Ghov.
Ghov suffered minor injuries.
The suspected drunken driver was not injured in the crash and fled with his passenger, Florencio Ochoa Rojas, 27, on foot into Shandon.
The CHP said witness descriptions were instrumental in the capture after an air and ground search involving the CHP and San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies.
Montes and Rojas were booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, the CHP said.
The CHP blamed the crash on Montes' “alcohol impairment and other factors under investigation.