CHP: Suspected DUI driver arrested for deadly HWY 4 crash

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Highway 4 was closed in Brentwood on Monday evening following a deadly crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. 

Officials say that a suspected drunk driver killed a man.

Around 4:34 p.m., CHP Contra Costa received reports of a head-on collision. The highway was then closed in both directions at Balfour Road. 

Officers arrived to find that a 2018 Honda SUV had driven over the center lines and collided into a 2013 Toyota Corolla. 

The 51-year-old man from Ripon was driving the Toyota and died on the scene. 

The Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Coroners Office has not released his identity at this time. 

Police arrested the man driving the Honda on suspicion of felony DUI. He has been identified as a 46-year-old man from Concord.

The initial investigation shows that the Honda driver was heading westbound in the two-lane highway that does not have a center divider. That is when he veered to the left hitting the man driving eastbound in the Toyota.

CHP says the Honda driver was not injured.

The highway was fully reopened at 6:25 p.m.

Authorities are asking that those who did not stay on the scene and witnessed the crash or the events leading up to it, to contact the CHP department at (925) 646-4980. 

On the CHP Facebook page, they added:

Impaired DUI driving is 100% preventable 100% of the time. There is never an excuse for it and it cannot ever be tolerated. In this situation it tragically cost the life of an innocent person. When will we all learn…#neverdriveimpaired

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