A man is facing criminal charges after causing two collisions in Turlock, one of which sent him to the hospital.
Jesus Marin, 26, of Merced will be facing charges of reckless driving, driving under the influence and hit and run once he is medically cleared.
The first crash was reported to the Modesto area California Highway Patrol about 2:45 p.m. Jan. 23. Marin was driving a 2011 Chevy pickup southbound on Highway 99 and took the Monte Vista Avenue exit. He failed to stop the truck and it struck the back of a 2016 Acura SUV, said CHP spokesman Officer Thomas Olsen.
The driver of the Acura was not injured, Olsen said.
Marin and his two female passengers got out of the truck, but then Marin got back in and drove off, leaving the scene of the collision and stranding his two passengers.
An alert was issued for the truck and a Turlock police officer saw it driving by him, said Turlock Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Parmley. The front end of the truck was damaged.
A witness to the collision also was following Marin and motioned to the officer.
The officer initiated a traffic stop and Marin pulled over, but sped off again as the officer approached.
Marin drove the Chevy on southbound Highway 99 at an estimated speed of 80 miles per hour, with officers giving chase.
At the Lander Avenue exit Marin veered across the freeway and took the exit. He sped across the intersection and collided with a concrete curb, causing the vehicle to overturn.
Marin sustained a broken leg and lacerations to his body, Olsen said. He was taken to Doctors Medical Center by ambulance.
Marin was reportedly showing signs of intoxication and a blood draw was conducted, Parmley said. He was not immediately arrested because of his injuries.