A man was arrested after he drove a pickup truck into a power pole in San Lorenzo this morning, a California Highway Patrol spokesman said. The CHP responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash at Grant Avenue and Via Alamitos at about 3:50 a.m., Officer Daniel Jacowitz said. The driver, 26-year-old Hayward resident Juan Arias, was seen speeding south on Washington Avenue in San Leandro in a green 1996 Ford Ranger, Jacowitz said.
Arias attempted to turn right onto Grant Avenue, where Washington Avenue turns into Via Alamitos, but he lost control of his car, Jacowitz said. The car hit a power pole and Arias fled the scene in his vehicle, Jacowitz said. The witness who reported the crash followed Arias and called police with his location, the officer said.
Alameda County sheriff’s deputies detained Arias on A Street, just east of Hesperian Boulevard, in Hayward just after 4 p.m., Jacowitz said. CHP officers arrived shortly after and conducted a DUI investigation and subsequently arrested Arias, Jacowitz said.
Arias was transported to Valley Care Medical Center in Pleasanton to be treated for minor injuries, he said. Arias was booked into the Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence, a hit-and-run collision and driving on a suspended license, Jacowitz said.
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