Suspected DUI driver leads SLO police on foot chase, injures officer

A San Luis Obispo man was taken to County Jail after allegedly crashing his car on Highway 101, leading police on a foot chase downtown and injuring an officer on Friday, San Luis Obispo police Sgt. Chad Pfarr said.

Kristoffer Pfister, 43, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, hit and run, and resisting an officer by force that resulted in injury. He was being held in jail in lieu of $15,000 bail on Saturday, according to online jail records. The charges are all misdemeanors.

San Luis Obispo police got a call at about 1:06 p.m. Friday of a single car crash on Highway 101 near Osos Street that the California Highway Patrol was also investigating, Pfarr said.

Witnesses reported a driver passing other cars on the shoulder of the highway, losing control of his vehicle, crashing into the center divider, bouncing across the lanes onto the right shoulder again, then careening back into the center divider, Pfarr said.

Following reports from witnesses that the suspect jumped the fence of Mission College Preparatory Catholic High School on Palm Street and then ran down the nearby creek, police officers took up the pursuit when the man was spotted at Mission Plaza. Officers chased him down Garden Street before apprehending him in Bubblegum Alley a few minutes later, Pfarr said.

The suspect resisted, injuring an officer who briefly went to the hospital for a shoulder injury, Pfarr said.

“He’ll probably be out for a couple of weeks,” from active duty, he said.