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Hit And Run Accident, Arrests In Riverbank
A motorist took the turn too fast, striking and damaging the O’Brien’s Supermarket sign near the Oakdale Road entrance to the store in Riverbank. The driver left the scene before police arrived; authorities said neither the woman or the children in the car with her were injured. Photo By Ric McGinnis

Deputies with the Riverbank Police Services reported a couple of arrests this past week with people that were under the influence and also solved a hit and run.

According to police reports, on Friday, July 24 at 1:09 p.m. deputies were dispatched to a residence on Saint Lakes Court in Riverbank for a family fight. During the investigation one of the subjects at the location became very upset and began cursing at deputies on scene. The man admitted to drinking vodka prior and also exuded of a strong odor of alcohol from his breath. When deputies attempted to leave the residence the man followed and asked what he needed to do to be taken to jail, including if rushing a deputy would be good enough. He was subsequently arrested for being drunk in public without incident. He was transported and booked in jail.

A sedan was traveling eastbound on Patterson Road on Wednesday, July 22 around 6:15 p.m. It made a southbound turn into O’Brien’s parking lot and collided with the O’Brien’s sign. According to the report the driver was traveling too fast for the turn and lost control. After the accident the female driver and her young children were picked up by a friend and driven home. Riverbank deputies later identified and located the female at her residence in Riverbank. She admitted to driving and fleeing the scene stating that she was scared and did not know what to do. Deputies cited the 24-year-old woman for a misdemeanor hit and run. No one involved in the incident required medical aid.

Deputies observed a subject driving on Terminal Avenue at a high rate of speed and swerving in the lane on Tuesday, July 21 around 11:13 p.m. Deputies conducted a traffic stop and smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. The driver admitted to smoking a joint two hours prior. He displayed signs of being under the influence from his performance of the field sobriety tests. The man was placed under arrest for driving under the influence of suspected marijuana. He was transported to the CHP Office where an officer conducted a DRE (Drug Recognition Expert) Exam. The exam revealed the man to be under the influence of marijuana. He was transported and booked into jail without incident.