Three people were arrested and several were hospitalized in a series of separate crashes in Richmond on Monday night, including one DUI collision and another that led to an attempted assault with a baseball bat, a police spokeswoman said today.
Emergency responders were dispatched around 6:30 p.m. to a two-car crash that left one car overturned at the intersection of Richmond Parkway and West MacDonald Avenue, according to Richmond police spokeswoman Sgt. Nicole Abetkov.
Officers found one of the drivers involved in the crash to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and arrested the driver, Abetkov said.
A driver and passenger in the second car were taken to hospitals and have since been released.
About 10 minutes later, officers responded to reports of a fight involving a suspect with a baseball bat in the area of Cutting Boulevard and South 37th Street, Abetkov said.
Police said retired police officers had been watching video footage captured on closed-circuit cameras in the area and observed a crash between the two people involved in the fight.
As officers arrived on the scene, one of the drivers attempted to flee.
That driver was arrested on suspicion of hit-and run and the second driver was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly trying to use a bat during the altercation with the other driver, according to Abetkov.
Police said around 8:40 p.m., two more people were injured when a driver rammed into the back of their car near the intersection of 23rd Street and Lincoln Avenue.
The driver who caused the crash abandoned their car and fled the scene on foot, Abetkov said.
Roughly 15 minutes later, police responded to a solo car crash in which a driver went off of the roadway and into a ravine near Atlas and Giant roads.
No injuries were reported in that crash.
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