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Driver accused of triggering fatal Sacramento I-5 pileup booked on suspicion of DUI

A Sacramento man accused of causing a series of crashes early Friday on Interstate 5 that left one person dead and two others injured has been booked on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Officer Scott Pierson of the California Highway Patrol said Timothy Bolton, 44, was booked into Sacramento County jail Friday afternoon.

The crashes on northbound I-5 at the 43rd Avenue onramp claimed the life of a 56-year-old Elk Grove man, Pierson said. The man’s name had not been released because his family had not been notified.

CHP officers were called about 4:15 a.m. A CHP spokesman said the crashes began at the 43rd Avenue onramp to I-5 when a driver, later identified as Bolton, lost control of his vehicle. His car hit a wall at the right side of the road, spun out and knocked over a light pole.

Pierson said Bolton got out of the car and, according to witnesses, walked into traffic lanes.

The situation was further complicated by the downed light pole, which would have illuminated the onramp and entry to the freeway, Pierson said. Drivers entering I-5 from the onramp had to swerve to avoid Bolton, the crashed vehicle and downed pole.

The driver of a Toyota Tacoma pickup was northbound on I-5 when it collided with a Dodge Ram truck that was trying to avoid the initial crash scene on the ramp. The Tacoma struck a median wall and became disabled in the left lane, where two other vehicles struck it, Pierson said. The driver of the Tacoma died.

Pierson said two other people, including a female in Bolton’s vehicle, were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

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