According to the California Highway Patrol, a San Joaquin County supervisor apologized on Thursday after he caused a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Supervisor Tom Patti was taken into custody on Wednesday and booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on a charge of being intoxicated with a drug, the California Highway Patrol said.
The crash occurred just after 4 p.m. on Wednesday on north I-5, south of Lathrop Road in Lathrop.
According to officers, investigators determined a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by Patti, rear-ended a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme, which caused the Oldsmobile to hit the back of a 2011 Toyota Prius.
Amid the investigation, officers saw Patti displaying signs and symptoms of intoxication, making them do a test that determined Patti was under the influence of drugs, the California Highway Patrol said.
An announcement was issued by Patti on Thursday taking responsibility for his actions and clarifying what happened:
“I provided a roadside alcohol test that showed I had zero alcohol in my system. I also want to make clear that illegal drugs were not involved. I believe an unexpected reaction related to prescribed medications occurred. Recently I’ve had several major spine surgeries that put me in critical care as a result of an accident, where I was a pedestrian hit by a car. Consequently, I’ve been prescribed medications to help with my recovery.
“I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family friends and constituents.
“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.
“I would like to personally thank the representatives of the California Highway Patrol and the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office for their professionalism.”