Driver who entered Muni tunnel arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Police have arrested a man who shut down underground San Francisco Municipal Railway service when he drove his car into a Muni tunnel and got stuck early this morning.

Scott Mitchell, 40, of Sebastapol, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving on train tracks and failure to obey a traffic sign, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said.

The car, which entered the tunnel just before 6 a.m. near Church and Duboce streets, blocked the tracks for more than two hours.

The vehicle has been cleared from the tracks but is still inside the tunnel. It will remain there until Muni service ends tonight, when crews can remove it, Muni spokesman Paul Rose said.

Service resumed at around 8:15 a.m., Rose said.

During the disruption, street-level shuttles were used to transport Muni passengers along the routes of the lines affected.

Service is still a little slow because the car damaged a switch on the tracks, and trains have to pass over it at reduced speeds, Rose said. Muni workers will have to wait until tonight to repair the damaged switch.

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