Woman Suspected of DUI Rescued From Burning Car in Encinitas

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A Sheriff’s deputy pulled a woman from a burning vehicle filled with smoke in Encinitas early Sunday morning, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

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Deputy Steve Gusman from the North Coastal Station smelled smoke as he was driving northbound on the 3300 block of Manchester Avenue at about 1:20 a.m., said a deputy.

He made a U-turn and walked towards the marsh on the south side of the road, to look for the smoke. A deputy said Gusman found a dark colored Honda Civic, with a red glow and smoke billowing beneath it.

Deputy Gusman could not see inside the car, completely filled with opaque smoke, but he heard a woman’s voice. She told him that she could not move, so he reached in, placed her over his shoulder and carried her up the embankment to safety, said a deputy.

Moments later the vehicle was engulfed in flames, according to sheriff’s department. If not for the deputy, the woman would have most likely been severely injured or killed. There were no reported injuries, although Gusman was treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The 54-year-old woman was determined to be driving under the influence, and was later taken to the Vista Detention Facility and booked into jail, said a deputy.

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