[UPDATE 3:47 p.m.] Intentional Hit and Run Sends One to the Hospital
Witnesses say that a Honda Civic intentionally struck one person on West Third Street in Eureka sending them to the hospital this morning. The person struck was standing in a food line outside of the dining area of St. Vincent DePaul.
According to Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department who was reached out of his office at the Eureka Block Party, “Officers responded to the report of a hit and run involving multiple victims and also reports that gun may have been brandished and fired.” However, he said there was only one victim, who is “expected to survive.”
The suspect’s vehicle was located in Cutten later. Watson said, “Three subjects in the vehicle were detained around an hour after [the hit and run.] I don’t know if there were any arrests.” He doesn’t know if the firearm was located.
The vehicle was impounded “on an evidence tow,” he explained but as he isn’t at a computer he wasn’t able to give us details.
“It is a felony hit and run at this point with a possible brandishing of a firearm,” said Watson.
For photos and more on the story see the Lost Coast Outpost which broke the news.
UPDATE 3:47 p.m.: Captain Steve Watson of the Eureka Police Department tells us that an arrest has been made in the hit and run. “The driver was identified as an 18-year-old male. He was arrested for felony hit and run.”
According to Watson, the people in the car allege that “there was some kind of altercation” with the people in the food line. Watson said, ” The car was reportedly damaged by the homeless individuals and it escalated into a hit and run.”
Although a firearm was allegedly brandished and fired, according to Watson there is “no evidence an actual firearm was fired. We did not locate a gun.”