Vehicle damaged in alleged DUI hit and run crash in Alameda

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Alameda Man Corrals Suspected Drunk Driver

Saw His Parked Car Hit, Then Took Action

KCBS Radio Morning News
August 16, 2018 - 10:49 am

ALAMEDA (KCBS Radio) -- A longtime Alameda resident who has never forgotten being victimized by a hit-and-run driver 35 years ago saw it happen again. This time he took matters into his own hands.  

"Chuck" (he's asked us not to use his last name for fear of retribution) was heading home from a late-afternoon walk when he heard what he described as a "racket". It took him a moment to realize what he was seeing: someone had crashed into his parked car.

Chuck, a retiree, told KCBS Radio reporter Holly Quan he was amazed to watch the offending driver back up, pause for a moment, and then drive off. He ran to his car, decided it was drivable, and then set off in pursuit.

A few blocks away, Chuck caught up to the other car. "I pulled in front of him, slammed on my brakes, jumped out, and said, 'you just ran into my car--what are you doing running off?"," Chuck recalled.

He took the keys from the driver and dialed 911. And while on the phone, he posted on Facebook, "the passenger got out, stumbled to the closest yard and took a leak!"

Alameda Police responded and took both driver and passenger into custody. Chuck says officers also shook his hand. When asked whether he had concern for his safety when he set off in pursuit, he mentioned the adrenaline flowing in the heat of the moment.

"You gotta protect your own, I guess," he said.