Tesla Crash DUI CHP
The damaged CHP vehicle, left, and the white Tesla that struck it, right. Photo credit: OnScene.TV

A driver crashed into an unoccupied California Highway Patrol vehicle early Saturday and patrolmen arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The collision happened at about 3:09 a.m. on state Route 56. CHP officers were on the scene of a traffic collision, according to Public Information Officer Salvador Castro.

A white Tesla, driven by a 29-year-old woman from San Diego, went through a freeway closure. She then collided with the rear of the CHP vehicle, he said.

A female passenger in the Tesla suffered injuries and authorities had her transported to a hospital.

According to OnScene TV, the CHP was investigating a fatal crash, also a suspected DUI, when the Tesla collision occurred.

The suspect, OnScene reported, told officers she put the Tesla on auto-pilot and went to sleep, letting the car speed down the highway.

Updated 9:20 p.m. July 10, 2021

Wire services contributed to this report.