An 18-year-old Pinole man wanted in a domestic violence case is behind bars after crashing a car into a Hercules house on Thursday afternoon while trying to dodge officers, police said. Alberto Morales was arrested on multiple felonies including suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, false imprisonment, making criminal threats, evading police, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Pinole police said they responded to a 911 call Thursday afternoon at a home where a domestic violence occurred. Officers learned that Morales had tried to snatch the phone away from the victim when she attempted to call police, then fled in a silver Nissan. Around 4:45 p.m., an officer was driving west on Sycamore Avenue in Hercules Thursday when he spotted the same silver Nissan heading the opposite direction.
The Nissan ran a stoplight and almost hit a vehicle at the intersection with Refugio Valley Road, according to Hercules police. The officer turned around and tried to stop the car, which he learned was wanted in connection with a felony domestic violence incident that had just occurred in Pinole, police said. The Nissan continued east on Sycamore Avenue at about 60 mph, running several stop signs before turning right onto Lupine Road and speeding up to 80 mph, according to police.
The officer saw the vehicle run several more stop signs before losing sight of it. When he came to the 2200 block of Lupine Road, he saw the Nissan had crashed into a garage of a home and was upside down, police said. Morales, the lone occupant of the car, was taken to John Muir Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash, police said. He was arrested and taken to county jail in Martinez, where he is being held on $185,000 bail. Police in Pinole said an investigation into the domestic violence case is ongoing.
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