Several injured while trying to avoid erratic driver in Perris

Several patrons near the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris were injured today as they tried to avoid an erratic driver who was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a Riverside sheriff’s spokesman.

The sheriff’s department received a call about 4:30 p.m. concerning a driver in a SUV that was driving erratically near the intersection of A Street and Alpine Drive, said Riverside sheriff’s Deputy Michael Vasquez.

Deputies responded to the location and located the SUV nearby, Vasquez said. The unidentified motorist was then arrested.

“Several people were injured trying to get out of the way of the SUV,” Vasquez said. “But the driver was not deliberately trying to hit anyone.”

The extent of the injuries was not immediately known.

The Orange Empire Railway Museum is a 90-acre museum boasting the west’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars and electric red line cars, according to the museum’s website.

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