Half a dozen parked cars were smashed by a hit and run driver in Rancho Penasquitos early today (Wednesday), 7/39 NBC San Diego television reported. The suspect sideswiped the cars, shearing off the side-view mirrors of a few vehicles and leaving dents and scratches along the left hand side.

The damage happened just before 2 a.m. along the 9900 block of Paseo Montril, a main street south of Rancho Penasquitos Blvd.

According to resident Brita Miller, a man driving a red pickup truck did the damage then jumped out of his car and took off running. Miller said the driver lost his front tire under the first car he hit and then careened into the other cars with his axle dragging. More than an hour after the hit and run police took the man into custody.

San Diego Police officers tried to contact the owners of the cars but had to leave notes on the windshield of several cars alerting drivers to what happened.