California Highway Patrol officers arrested a man in Pleasanton after he allegedly caused several hit-and-run crashes in Newark, Fremont and the Tri-Valley and drove the wrong way on I-680 on the Sunol Grade before being stopped on Sunol Boulevard last Saturday.
The man, a 30-year-old whose name was not released, was taken into custody after CHP officers hit his Chevy Tahoe to stop his erratic driving near the Sunol Boulevard and Sonoma Drive intersection, according to Sgt. Brent Bartusch of the Dublin-area CHP office.
A young child who was inside the Chevy Tahoe was taken to the hospital for evaluation, according to Bartusch.
The sergeant said officers were still investigating what triggered the incident, but the man was seen driving unsafely and at high speeds earlier Saturday and caused a series of hit-and-run crashes in Newark, Fremont and two in the CHP Dublin-area office's jurisdiction.
Bartusch said investigators were still trying to determine how many crashes occurred overall. At least one person involved in a hit-and-run was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, he added.
Newark police confirmed one of the crashes occurred in their city, reported around 11:35 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Mowry Avenue and Cedar Boulevard before the driver fled southbound into Fremont.
At least three non-injury, hit-and-run crashes caused by the Chevy Tahoe were reported in Fremont minutes later, according to Fremont police spokesperson Geneva Bosques.
The driver sped through Fremont city streets at speeds up to 60 to 80 mph, drove erratically and eluded police before ultimately getting on I-680 traveling northbound on the southbound side of the freeway, Bosques said.
Freeway drivers reported seeing the Tahoe driving up to 100 mph in the wrong direction on I-680 toward Pleasanton, using regular lanes, carpool lanes and the shoulder, Bosques said. "I couldn't even count the number of 9-1-1 calls," she added.
The Tahoe eventually got off I-680 and CHP officers successfully stopped it on Sunol Boulevard in Pleasanton just after noon Saturday.
Investigators later determined the man had a 2-year-old child on his lap while he drove.
The man was arrested and will likely face charges related to the crashes, erratic driving, child endangerment and any injuries incurred by others involved in the collisions, according to Bartusch. The sergeant declined to release the arrested man's name Monday morning, citing the pending investigation.
Bartusch said additional details would become available after the CHP completes its investigation.