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Off-Duty Concord Cop Stops DUI Driver Fleeing Accident

An Oakland man was arrested for DUI after he attempted to flee the scene of a four-vehicle injury collision on westbound Interstate Highway 80 in Berkeley Saturday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Shortly before 6:50 p.m. the CHP received multiple calls reporting a reckless driver traveling in a small red vehicle on westbound I-80 near Gilman Street.

The CHP then began receiving calls reporting that the same red vehicle, a 1994 Mazda, was involved in a traffic collision, the CHP said.

The collision involved four vehicles and left two people injured, one person suffered major injuries, according to the CHP. Following the crash, the driver of the Mazda, later identified as 50-year-old Oakland resident Robert Blackwell, attempted to flee the scene on foot.

An off-duty Concord police officer witnessed Blackwell attempting to flee the scene and pursued him.

Blackwell jumped off an elevated portion of I-80 and was stopped by the off-duty police officer after he landed on the city streets below, according to the CHP.

Blackwell suffered major injuries as a result of the incident and was transported to the hospital, for treatment, the CHP said.

He was arrested for felony hit-and-run, felony DUI and for driving without a license, the CHP said.

Blackwell also had two warrants out for his arrest, one for weapons violations and the second for kidnapping, according to the CHP.

-Bay City News

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