Pleasanton Weekly

News - April 30, 2010

DUI charge after several hit and runs

Lost control after short police chase on Valley Avenue

by Glenn Wohltmann

A Pleasanton woman faces several charges after a series of collisions April 22 along Valley Avenue.

Megan Martin, 52, is charged with driving under the influence, two felony counts of hit and run, a misdemeanor count of hit and run, and one count of evading a police officer in the incident that began with a 911 call around 9 a.m.

"We had a report of a reckless driver in the vicinity," said Pleasanton police Sgt. Barry Mickleburgh. "The driver was involved in a collision near the intersection of Valley Avenue and Danbury Park, and then the driver fled and continued to travel eastbound on Valley Avenue, where she struck a fire hydrant near the intersection of Quarry Lane."

Mickleburgh said the woman continued to drive - and to crash.

"She continued on Valley Avenue to the intersection of Boulder, where she was involved in another accident, and she fled," Mickleburgh said. "She was observed by one of our officers at the intersection of Valley and Stanley Boulevard. At that point she accelerated and tried to flee from the officer. She got up to 50 miles an hour."

By that time, Mickleburgh said, she'd blown out two tires and was driving on the rims.

"She lost control of her car at the intersection of Bernal and Vineyard," he said.

Martin and the drivers of two other cars involved sustained minor injuries.

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