Another Cal Poly student was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Monday night, after police responded to calls of a vehicle rolling over on Johnson Avenue.

Shortly before midnight, 20-year-old dairy science major Tyson Nunes was reportedly driving a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer at high speeds and missed his intended turn. While attempting a U-turn, the sport utility vehicle rolled onto its roof, according to the police department’s press release.

“The car must have been driving in excess of 70 mph and if you go out on Johnson (Avenue) you’ll see various sets of skid marks,” said Sgt. John Bledsoe for the San Luis Obispo Police Department.

By the time police arrived at the scene, both the driver and passenger had crawled out of the vehicle and were uninjured. Both were wearing their seatbelts and no other vehicles were involved in the accident, according to the police report.

Nunes was arrested on the scene and taken to the county jail on a drunken driving charge.

Bledsoe, who had not seen the SUV, assumed that there was very significant damage done to the car and said that had the passenger been injured, then the driver would be charged with a felony.

Audrey McClellan, a 20-year-old San Luis Obispo resident, heard the accident from her living room and said the whole neighborhood responded to it.

“I was watching a movie when I heard a loud squeal and then a huge crash,” she said. “Everyone came running out of their house to see if they were OK, but they were just screaming ‘We’re fine, we’re fine.’”

McClellan said the driver and passenger repeatedly asked for help to flip the car over and that it was apparent that alcohol was involved.

“The airbags were deployed and everything, yet they still wanted to flip it back over,” she said.

Two weeks ago 22-year-old agricultural business major Erica Lauesen was arrested on suspicion of DUI after her Ford Explorer reportedly hit seven parked cars until her vehicle eventually came to a stop.

“A very high percentage of DUIs are students,” Bledsoe said.

According to the police daily activity log, there were three separate DUIs listed for June 19 alone.

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