Several Injured After Man Drives U-Haul Van Into Crowd Outside Encinitas Bar

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he drove his rental U-Haul into a group of people outside a bar in Encinitas, California, in the early hours of March 1, the San Diego Sheriff’s Office (SDSO) said.

The SDSO said 28-year-old Christian Davis had been asked to leave The Saloon Bar “due to his level of intoxication.” He then got into his rental U-Haul van and intentionally rammed into a crowd outside the bar, striking three and leaving two with serious injuries, police said.

Davis then tried to flee the scene but was restrained by Good Samaritans until deputies arrived and took him into custody, the SDSO said. Two people also sustained minor injuries while detaining Davis, and were treated at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

This footage, shot by Leon Sabbas, shows the scene in the immediate aftermath of the crash. Sabbas told Storyful he used to work at the bar.

“I am still good friends with employees and owners, I feared for my friends safety at the time and customer safety,” he said.

The sheriff’s office said Davis had been charged with three counts of attempted murder and one count of attempted escape with force. He is being held at the Vista Detention Facility and is not eligible for bail, the SDSO said. Credit: Leon Sabbas via Storyful