A wanted felon from Atwater crashed into a car and a bus stop bench in Livingston on Wednesday afternoon and then fled the scene, according to Livingston Police Department officials.
Carlos Jerrardo, 35, was traveling south on Main Street around 12:25 p.m. in a silver Cadillac and struck a red Chevrolet Geo at the I Street intersection, Chief Ruben Chavez said.
"Both vehicles spun out of control," Chavez said.
The women driving the Geo was transported to a Modesto hospital with major injuries, police said.
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There was a passenger in the Cadillac who suffered major injuries and also was taken to a hospital in Modesto, Chavez said.
Their names were not immediately available.
Following the collision, Jerrardo’s car traveled about 100 feet down Main Street and crashed into a bus stop bench. The Cadillac landed on the lawn of Emanuel Church. Witnesses told police he was going about 50 mph in a 30 zone, police said.
The driver of the Geo also hit a parked minivan, Sgt. Ray Fong said.
Jerrardo fled the scene on foot and ran through several backyards in the residential neighborhood, Fong said. Police found him a short time later on G Street.
According to police, Jerrardo had multiple felony warrants out of Merced and other nearby counties.
Officers found a "meth pipe" and 2.2 grams of methamphetamine in Jerrardo's possession, Chavez said, and after he was arrested, was taken to be evaluated for driving under the influence.
Chavez said Jerrardo told police he swallowed 2000 mg of Vicodin.
He also suffered injuries, Fong said, complaining of pain in his ribs.
The estimated damage to the bench is about $7,000 to $10,000, Chavez said.
Monica Velez: 209-385-2486, @monicavelez21