A Modesto man was arrested Monday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, hitting a police car and leaving the scene.
Two patrol cars were in the intersection of Oakdale Road and Sylvan Avenue about 11:22 p.m. when a vehicle ran a red light and hit the left front fender of the first patrol car, police Lt. Ron Cloward said Tuesday.
The impact spun the police car around, and it may be a total loss, Cloward said.
The officer in the second car checked to make sure the officer in the first car was OK before pursuing the hit-and-run driver north on Oakdale, Cloward said. He said the driver abandoned his vehicle on Bridgewood Way, several hundred yards north of the intersection, and took off on foot.
Officer Ben Brandvold arrested the suspect after a short foot pursuit, Cloward said. Modesto resident Jacob Estrada, 31, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit-and-run. He was booked at the Stanislaus County jail.
The officer in the first car, Ronny Ziya, suffered bumps and bruises and was taken to a Modesto hospital. Cloward said Ziya was treated and released.
The two patrol cars were driving west on Sylvan Avenue as they approached the intersection, responding to a call for a security check at the McHenry Avenue Wal-Mart.
Cloward said the patrol cars were following the rules of the road and driving without their emergency lights and sirens. They had the green light as they entered the intersection. The hit-and-run suspect was driving north on Oakdale.
It was the second wreck in about a week involving a Modesto police car. On Jan. 11, the first car in a line of police vehicles responding to a call collided with a sport utility vehicle on Scenic Drive.
A driver who witnessed the wreck on her way to work said the officer was driving too fast. She said the police car came out of the turn, slid out of control and went sideways into the SUV's path.
Modesto police Lt. Scott Blom said Tuesday that police expect to finish investigating the Scenic Drive crash this week and will release the findings.
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