Suspected drunk drives into S.F. train tunnel
A suspected drunken SUV driver drove into a tunnel of the San Francisco rail system this morning and got stuck on the underground tracks, halting the morning commute for more than two hours, authorities report.
Scott Mitchell, 40, of Sebastapol, Sonoma County, was charged with suspicion of driving under the influence, driving on train tracks and failure to obey a traffic sign, police say.
A witness said Mitchell had been following an eastbound train above ground about 6 a.m. local time and then passed it, entering the westbound tunnel at Duboce and Church streets, the San Francisco Chronicle says. He traveled about a half-mile, almost to Van Ness Street (U.S. 101), before hitting a concrete step and becoming stuck, a police spokesman told the Associated Press.