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Man held by citizens after 14-car hit-and-run rampage. CHP arrests him on DUI charge

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A man was booked in a Fresno hospital Wednesday after he was restrained by citizens following a 14-car hit-and-run rampage on southbound Highway 99 near the Madera County line, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The man, identified as Satinerjit Singh Bali, 50, of Lahtrop, was under the influence of drugs during the incident, according to the CHP.

CHP spokesman Victor Taylor said the incident began shortly before 8:30 a.m., when Bali allegedly hit five cars in Madera County.

Bali then left the freeway on the Shaw Avenue exit, and reportedly collided with other vehicles on the way to his workplace at West Sierra Madre and North El Capitan avenues.

Before he could get inside the workplace, other drivers involved in the incident caught up with Bali, according to Taylor.

Taylor said Bali suffered some sort of injury in the struggle and was taken to Community Regional Medical Center after CHP officers arrived. It was initially believed that he was under the influence of alcohol, but later determined that other drugs were involved, Taylor said.

Bali was booked into Fresno County Jail but was expected to bail out by Wednesday night. He faces misdemeanor charges of DUI and hit-and-run.

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