Hit-and-run driver hits car with baby onboard in Hercules, suspect at large

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A woman fleeing from police officers in Hercules Monday crashed into a car with a baby inside. 

Police stopped their pursuit because of the woman’s reckless driving. She evaded law enforcement by speeding onto Interstate-80. 

According to police, the woman’s identity is unknown. 

The incident started at a Home Depot Store on Sycamore Avenue. 

A Hercules Police Department watch commander wrote, “The female attempted to purchase over $1,000 dollars worth of merchandise at Home Depot. The cashier declined the sale, as the cash appeared to be fake money.” 

After the woman left the store, a police officer watched her drive out of the parking lot and attempted to pull her over for multiple vehicle code violations. 

At the time, the officer was unaware of the counterfeit money incident. 

“When the officer activated the overhead lights and siren, the Mercedes accelerated aggressively, drove through two vehicles, colliding with one in the process. The Mercedes jumped the sidewalk curb and drove through the mud and grass near the clock tower to evade capture,” the commander wrote.

Officers stopped the pursuit, and the Mercedes was last seen entering Interstate-80. 

A 1-year-old baby was in the backseat of the Honda Element involved in the hit-and-run collision. 

“It is believed the child may have sustained whiplash. The mother stated she will take her child to her primary care provider for evaluation,” HPD wrote.


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