It's never a good idea to drink and drive. Doing so while test driving a Porsche on the busy portions of 101 in wine country is an even worse idea. Apparently, that's exactly what a Santa Maria man did last week.
A Sticky Mess
According to a story in "The Tribune" of San Luis Obispo, Stephen Janssen was test driving a 2003 Porsche (no word if it was a 911 or not) on the southbound side of 101 near the base of the Cuesta Grade (just north of San Luis Obispo). Loosing control of the vehicle while speeding in a heavy rain, the Porsche hit the cement center wall and then careened into the other lane hitting a truck and trailer loaded with Zinfandel wine grapes.
The force of impact caused two large crates of grapes, estimated to be worth $6,000, to spill into the southbound lanes, blocking traffic and creating what we can only assume was a slippery mess.
Janssen was arrested at the scene by CHP on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the story we read. Both Janssen and the driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries. No word on the condition of the Porsche...
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[Picture Source Joe Johnston via TheTribune]