Six people were injured in multiple car accidents Friday night during a police chase through the streets of Fairfield and Vallejo. Officers were pursing the driver of a stolen Hummer.
• An unlicensed teen driving a reportedly stolen Hummer led police through Fairfield and Vallejo, crashing into three cars along the way.
• Six people — including the teen — were injured in the car accidents.
• The teen was arrested for suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, multiple counts of felony hit and run, and resisting arrest.
The police pursuit started shortly before 9:30 p.m. in Fairfield, according to a report in the Vallejo Times-Herald.
California Highway Patrol Sgt. Kenny Park said officers spotted a black Hummer that had been reported as stolen. It was heading westbound on Interstate 80 in Fairfield near American Canyon Road.
The CHP officers pursued the Hummer, which exited the freeway on Redwood Street and drove into Vallejo. At that point, Vallejo police units joined the CHP in the chase.
An unlicensed 17-year-old was driving the Hummer. When he approached Broadway, the teen drove over the center median to try to get away from the police. He slammed into an Acura Integra with four people inside.
Vallejo Fire Department acting battalion chief Katherine Harpold said two of the passengers — a 16-year-old female and an 18-year-old male — suffered serious injuries and were transported to a local hospital.
The Hummer did not stop. It continued north on Broadway but the teen driver was unable to navigate a right turn on to Tuolumne Street and lost control of the vehicle.
The Hummer smashed into two Honda sedans that were stopped at a red light. The Hummer rolled over and landed upside down, on its roof. A witness told KTVU News the violent crash sounded like an explosion.
“A cloud of smoke went up over the fence and I thought I’d better go see what’s going on,” Steve Harris said. “By the time I got to the scene, there was highway patrol, everybody, guns drawn, chasing people everywhere.”
The driver of the white Honda was trapped inside. Firefighters had to extricate her from the vehicle. Paramedics then transported her to a hospital to be treated for major injuries. Three other people — in the black Honda sedan — also suffered serious injuries.
There were two children in the black Honda. Their exact ages weren’t known, but Park said they were about 2 years old. One of them was taken to Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The other child and his mother were taken to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.
The 17-year-old who was driving the Hummer sustained minor injuries. He was taken to a hospital to be treated and then was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle, multiple counts of felony hit and run, and resisting arrest.
Another person who may have been a passenger in the Hummer, 45-year-old Shawn Wallace of Vallejo, also was arrested. Park said Wallace was “combative” with officers and injured one of them.
The CHP is investigating the case.
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