Phoenix light rail crash: SUV T-bones light rail train in Phoenix, suspect arrested for DUI

PHOENIX - A suspected drunk driver has been arrested after his SUV ran into a light rail train in central Phoenix Saturday night.

Police said 38-year-old Guadalupe Cobos, Jr., drove his 2003 Mercury SUV into a METRO light rail near Central Avenue and Van Buren Street after failing to stop at a red light Saturday night, said James Holmes, Phoenix Police Department.

Witness Ralph Johnson said the traffic light had been red for some time before the SUV rammed into the train car.

"I thought he was going to slow down, I thought he was going to stop but he didn't stop," Johnson told ABC15.

Johnson said the SUV spun around before the suspect jumped out, slipped in some fluid and started running.

The crash happened around 8:45 p.m. just as many were leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks game, as well as the Arizona Rattlers game.

Cobos fled on foot shortly after the crash, but was followed by several witnesses who were at the light rail station, said Holmes. An Arizona State University Police officer was able to detain Cobos about four blocks away, said Holmes.

Four passengers on the train complained of pain and were transported to local hospitals as a precaution, said Holmes.

Cabos was booked into jail for Aggravated DUI and leaving the scene of an injury collision, said Holmes.

The light rail and the Mercury SUV sustained heavy damage as a result of the crash.

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