A driver sought in a hit and run crash was taken into custody by Sacramento police this afternoon after a pursuit by police and local bounty hunter Leonard Padilla.
Padilla said he and his driver, Reuben Salgado, were traveling north on Highway 99 near Fruitridge Road when they saw a vehicle coming up behind them weaving in and out of traffic.
"He whipped past us," Padilla said, estimating that the driver was traveling 100 mph.
About a quarter mile up the freeway, he said, they spotted the vehicle, which had smashed into a wall. Padilla said the driver was out of the vehicle and walking away. When Padilla and Salgado stopped and confronted him, the man got back in the car and drove off. Padilla and Salgado, a former California Highway Patrol officer, pursued him.
Padilla had reported the incident to the CHP, and when the vehicle exited the freeway, Sacramento police took up the chase.
Police spokeswoman Officer Michele Gigante, said officers spotted a vehicle with major front-end damage that had obviously just occurred. When they attempted to stop the car, it took off and officers gave chase. At one point , Gigante said, the vehicle struck a barrier near Broadway and First Street. A police officer finally used an intervention technique to stop the the vehicle at 33rd Street and 9th Avenue.
She said police learned that the CHP was looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run crash.
Gigante said the driver, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital.
Padilla praised police for their work in stopping the vehicle. He said Sunday's death of Harison Long-Randall, the victim of a July 16 hit-and-run in Carmichael, was on his mind when he spotted the speeding vehicle this afternoon.
"This guy was going to kill someone if something wasn't done to stop him," Padilla said.