Three bicyclists were injured, two seriously, Tuesday evening in a collision with a hit-and-run driver in rural Yolo County.
Sgt. M. Polanco of the California Highway Patrol said officers were called shortly after 6 p.m. to the scene of an accident involving multiple bicyclists of South River Road, south of Babel Slough Road, between Clarksburg and West Sacramento. He said witnesses provided a description of the vehicle, which left the scene, and that description was broadcast to other law enforcement agencies in the region.
West Sacramento police spotted the vehicle in the city about 6:30 p.m. and tried to stop it, but the driver instead led police on a pursuit into Sacramento. The vehicle was stopped in the area of 10th Street, between J and K streets.
Sgt. Roger Kinney, spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department, said the driver stopped the vehicle in an alley and started to run away. A West Sacramento police K-9 handler yelled at the man to stop, but he continued to flee. The handler then released the police dog.
When the dog approached the suspect, Kinney said, the suspect assaulted the dog. Officers, however, were able to take the man into custody. Kinney said the police dog was OK.
Polanco said one bicyclists was transported by air ambulance to an area trauma center with severe injuries, and a second was taken by ground ambulance to a trauma center with less severe, but serious injuries. The third bicyclist suffered moderate injuries. Polanco said he did not know the injured bicyclists’ ages, gender or where they were from, adding that officers faced a long night of investigation.
Polanco said officers are trying to determine whether the driver accidentally or deliberately hit the bicyclists, and whether he was under the influence of drugs of alcohol. The vehicle he was driving was determined to have been stolen.
Kinney said West Sacramento police officers arrested the driver on suspicion of evading police officers, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and assaulting a police dog.