Two of the bicyclists hit by a car this week on a popular Yolo County levee route said Wednesday that the driver drove off calmly after striking them.
The driver, Alamar Houston, is to be arraigned Thursday on two counts of attempted murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon (a vehicle) and felony driving under the influence of drugs, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Sacramento Superior Court records indicate Houston has a criminal history spanning two decades. The charges include petty theft, robbery, burglary and stealing a vehicle.
Donald Dumaine, 51, suffered minor scrapes when he was pushed off his bike by a 2015 Hyundai police said was driven by Houston, 38. Dumaine said the vehicle pulled close to his side before pushing him off the road.
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The incident occurred about 6 p.m. Tuesday along South River Road between West Sacramento and Clarksburg. The victims were traveling on a levee route popular among area cyclists known as the “River Ride,” which typically starts in Sacramento and loops through the Delta before returning to the city.
“I just saw a car door, and I was being pushed off the road,” Dumaine said. “I didn’t see any brake lights. I was sitting on the asphalt watching the car drive away.”
At that point, he said, “I knew it was on purpose.”
Minutes after Dumaine was struck, Houston allegedly purposely hit two teenage cyclists who were training for a Saturday race.
In an interview from his hospital bed at UC Davis Medical Center, Jonathan Jackson said he has scrapes on his body and had surgery to remove debris from his ankle.
Jackson, 17, a student at John F. Kennedy High School, estimated the driver was traveling at nearly 50 mph when he was hit.
“I got thrown off into the dirt on the left side,” Jackson said, adding that his friend hit the car’s windshield before being tossed to the right side of the road.
The CHP did not identify the other victim because he is a minor. Phone calls to his parents were not returned Wednesday.
Houston, who police said was driving the stolen Hyundai, allegedly fled the scene, but was later spotted by a West Sacramento police officer.
Sgt. Roger Kinney of the West Sacramento Police Department said the vehicle, with major front-end damage, was pursued into Sacramento, where Houston drove down an alley in the area of 10th Street, between J and K streets.
Houston got out of the stolen car and was chased by an officer with a police dog before being taken into custody. West Sacramento authorities added charges of evading police, resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle and assaulting a police dog to the list of offenses Houston faces.
Bee researcher Pete Basofin contributed to this report.