A Garden Grove man was in custody today after his speeding Corvette rear-ended an Infiniti G35 sedan on Pacific Coast (1) Highway, sending both luxury cars into wetlands next to Bolsa Chica State Beach, according to police.
At least one man jumped into the water as the Corvette sank to save its driver, who was eventually arrested, said Huntington Beach police Lt. John Domingo.
The crash was reported around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday about a mile south of Warner Avenue, Domingo said.
Witnesses said the man in the Corvette was driving erratically at more than 100 miles per hour when the crash occurred, Domingo said. Both vehicles went into the water in Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, on the inland side of PCH, according to Domingo.
Andrew Baggett of Huntington Beach went into the water and helped save the Corvette driver, Domingo said.
The Corvette ended up fully submerged while the Infiniti was partly under water, Domingo said.
The Corvette driver, identified by police as Melvin Brown, 52, of Garden Grove, was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence, Domingo said.
Both Brown and the Infiniti driver were taken to hospitals with injuries regarded as non-life-threatening, Domingo said.
Huntington Beach police officers at the scene said the Corvette was a brand new ZR1 model, silver with black interior, On Scene Video reported. The performance-enhanced ZR1 is capable of speeds of more than 200 mph, according to Chevrolet.