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Driver runs from crash scene after pushing off-duty officer

An off-duty police officer witnessed a driver crash into a roundabout and after a short pursuit, the suspect was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Turlock police officers were dispatched to the intersection of N. Berkeley Avenue and E. Springer Drive regarding a traffic collision.

The driver, later identified as David Barraza, had collided into a roundabout at the intersection. The crash was witnessed by an off-duty police officer, who made contact with Barraza as he sat in the front seat of the crashed vehicle, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Parmley.

Barraza pushed the off-duty officer and then fled the crash scene on foot.

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department’s helicopter was used to track his location and officers were able to apprehend him in the 4200 block of Silver Lupine Drive.

The off-duty officer positively identified Barraza as the driver. He declined to prosecute him for the pushing, Parmley said.

Barraza refused to participate in any field sobriety tests. He was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and hit and run.