Marijuana-filled truck crashes into Cal Poly overpass


A large truck filled with marijuana crashed into a railroad overpass on Cal Poly’s campus Monday night and was later located in the South County.

Cal Poly University Police received a call about 5 p.m. that a truck had struck the railroad overpass at Highland Drive and then left the scene, said Matt Lazier, the university’s director of media relations.

The “box truck” was too large to fit under the overpass, and the top of the vehicle was ripped off during the incident, said Tony Cipolla, spokesman for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office.

University Police advised other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the truck, Lazier said. CHP officers later found the vehicle about 6 p.m. near Arroyo Grande on Highway 101 at El Campo Road.

Sheriff’s Office narcotics detectives assisted in identifying the marijuana, and the truck was impounded, Cipolla said.

The driver of the truck, James Mendaros, 20, of San Jose, was not arrested, but University Police recommended a charge of hit-and-run to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing.