A simple bumper scrape with a television news van developed into a police chase and crash in Roseville.
Around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash in the 200 block of Vernon Street. A man driving a black sport-utility vehicle backed out of a diagonal parking space, grazing the bumper of a KTXL-Fox 40 news van, according to numerous witnesses.
A police online newsletter said that the SUV drove away from the scene. The news van driver, who was exiting his vehicle when it was hit, was not injured.
A Roseville police officer was a half-block away when the crash occurred and began following the SUV. The SUV driver began driving in a reckless manner, according to police.
At one point, the SUV traveled onto a Vernon Street sidewalk. The SUV also went the wrong direction on a one-way street and then traveled down a dirt road in the Union Pacific railyard.
The chase ended when the SUV crashed head-on into a utility pole near the west end of Judah Street. The driver ran but was quickly apprehended by officers.
The driver, a 48-year-old Citrus Heights man, was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was listed in serious condition. He was not arrested due to his injuries, but a report of the incident is being forwarded to the Placer County District Attorney’s Office.
Police are recommending charges of driving under the influence, recklessly evading an officer and hit and run.