Sheriff’s Department Press Release
Early Sunday morning, a patrol deputy observed a red mini-pickup turn south on North Montgomery Street without stopping for the stop sign on East Oak Street. The driver failed to stop and accelerated away at a high rate of speed westbound on East Aliso Street, and a brief pursuit ensued. The driver of the pickup attempted to turn right onto East Oak Street, but due to his high rate of speed failed to complete the turn. The pickup left the roadway and collided with a wooden split rail fence that bordered a residential property in the 100 block of East Oak Street. The driver of the pickup failed to stop before he collided with a vehicle that was parked in the driveway, and the vehicle finally came to rest after colliding with the garage door at the residence.
The male driver then exited the pickup and fled the scene on foot, with the deputy in foot pursuit. The driver was last seen running into the apartment complex at 307 N. Signal St. A Sheriff’s K-9 Unit assisted and was able to track the driver to an apartment within the complex. The investigation for this hit-and-run traffic collision is continuing.
According to an Ojai Valley City Watch e-mail sent Tuesday, “A person of interest has been identified. Investigators are seeking help from anyone that might have witnessed this event.” Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the identity of the driver is asked to contact the Ojai Police Department at 646-1414.
Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime. The caller may remain anonymous. The call is not recorded. Call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).