VACAVILLE, Calif. (KRON) – A reckless driver is in custody after intentionally trying to run over people Monday night, according to the Vacaville Police Department.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., police began receiving several calls about a man who struck two people and a stroller near the Starbucks on E. Monte Vista Ave.
Witnesses told authorities a man, later identified as Jaron King of Davis, 34, was driving alone in a white hatchback Scion, which then headed east on Nut Tree Road.
Authorities responded to the Starbucks area only to find that no one was seriously injured. They say the stroller was empty at the time.
Further reports then reached the police department of the same car that appeared to intentionally run over people in the parking lot of the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Nut Tree and Elmira Road.
Officers then found the car with the driver’s side door open at the intersection of Elmira and Leisure Town.
Police said King was on the driver’s side of another nearby car. This car could have left.
King then got back into the Scion and headed for Leisure Town Road, authorities said. When the police tried to stop him, he sped off and jumped on I-80 eastbound toward Dixon.
CHP officers resumed pursuit through Dixon and into western Sacramento.
Authorities saw smoke rising from the car before it caught fire near Harbor Blvd.
Authorities say King jumped out of the car and was taken into custody. He was then taken for treatment in a hospital.
Police learned that King set his car on fire before it was blown up.
He was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon, escape and attempted murder.
The Vacaville Police Department continues to search for two people seen on surveillance footage who were almost hit by the car, in addition to others who may not have reported them to police.
If you have any information, you are encouraged to contact Detective Smith at (707) 469-4826.