Oct 12, 2012 2:00 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

CHP says reckless driver is to blame for grape spill on Cuesta Grade

The California Highway Patrol says a driver under the influence is to blame for the grape spill that closed down two southbound lanes at the base of Cuesta Grade.

The CHP says the crash happened around 12:45 Thursday afternoon.

Stephen Janssen, 56, was test-driving a 2003 Porsche on Highway 101, when it collided with a pick-up truck and trailer that was hauling grapes.

Janssen was arrested at the scene for driving under the influence, according to the CHP.

They say Janssen was speeding south on the highway, near the base of the Cuesta Grade, and lost control of the car in the heavy rain. The car then collided with the cement center wall, swerved and collided with a pick-up truck which was loaded with Zinfandel wine grapes.

Two large crates of the grapes spilled onto the highway blocking both southbound lanes.



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