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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Citizen captures hit-and-run suspect

  • Man climbed from overturned van and ran but was caught and turned over to police
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  • A hit-and run suspect was chased down, caught and detained for police after a crash at Harrison and Ash Street Monday evening.
    Ed Hutchison was one of the first people on scene of the 6 p.m. crash.
    He said a van driven by the suspect ran the stop sign going westbound on Ash at Sixth Street, he said. It drove right into the path of a car on Harrison Street.
    Several people, including children, were in a sedan that collided the van, but there were no apparent injuries.
    The van continued westbound after the collision, veering across part of a vacant lot before overturning on the west side of Ash just west of Harrison.
    Hutchison said the suspect climbed out of his overturned van and tried to run from the scene but was caught about block away.
    Hutchison said he ran to check on the man in the van. He appeared OK, he said, so he turned to check on the people in the car.
    Just then he heard a another man saying "he's running away."
    Hutchison said he gave chase and caught the suspect in front of API Plumbing at Harrison and Birch and brought him back to the scene.
    He was turned over to Taft Police.
    Sgt. Corey Beilby said the man would be turned over to the California Highway Patrol for investigation of hit and run and possibly drunk driving.
    There were several beer cans the fell from the van, which landed on its side.

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