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Law enforcement was kept busy throughout San Diego County overnight, dealing with a slew of drunken drivers, at least one fatality crash, and two homicides.
The father of a newborn girl was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Rancho Santa Fe New Year’s Day.
The crash happened on a foggy, winding section of El Camino Real at La Orilla on the western edge of Rancho Santa Fe at about 4:00 a.m. Thursday.
The medical examiner identifies the dead man as 29-year old Gaudencio Reyes-Guaintana of San Marcos.
The report says Reyes-Guaintana drove his SUV off the road and landed in the San Elijo Lagoon. A second vehicle, traveling at a high rate of speed in the same direction, also went off the roadway, crashing into the first vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Heavy fog was reported in the area at the time of the crashes.
Earlier in the morning, a homicide in Chula Vista was reported on Smoky Circle, near Hidden Vista Drive, around 1:45 a.m. A man in his 20s was found fatally shot, slumped in the driver’s seat of a white Honda Accord, Chula Vista police said.
San Diego police homicide detectives dealt with a homicide about 10 p.m. Wednesday in Mira Mesa. An argument between two groups of men ended with 29- year-old Andy Ho being fatally shot in the 7600 block of Dancy Road, San Diego police said.
The shooters in both cases remained at-large this morning.
New Year’s Eve night is traditionally the busiest night of the year for alcohol-related driving crimes, San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Larry Nesbit said.
In lieu of sobriety checkpoints, an increased number of sheriff’s deputies spent most of the night actively looking for drivers going too fast or too slow, swerving or committing some other type of blatant moving violation, Nesbit said.
No official reports on the number of drunken driving arrests made by sheriff’s deputies New Year’s Eve night were immediately available, but Nesbit said, “there were a lot, as usual.”
The California Highway Patrol reported it made 29 drunken driving arrests between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. today. That compares to 33 arrests made during the same reporting period New Year’s Eve 2007/08. The CHP also reported one fatality, which was the one reported around 5 a.m. in Rancho Santa Fe.
Statewide, the CHP reported 438 drunken driving arrests and 11 fatalities compared to 362 drunken driving arrests and 4 fatalities the same time a year ago.
On average, San Diego PD dealt with about a dozen drunken driving or drunk in public crimes per hour from midnight to 3 a.m., according to Sgt. Kerry Tom.
“It was pretty much citywide, no particular areas were worse than others,” Tom said.