OCEANSIDE (CNS) - A man and his toddler grandson were seriously injured today when a vehicle driven by an allegedly intoxicated teen being followed by police veered off a residential street and struck them, a lieutenant said.
The 17-year-old motorist, whose name was withheld because he is a minor, sped off when he saw a motorcycle officer heading toward Oak Riparian Park in Oceanside about 9:15 a.m. to investigate a reported disturbance there, police Lt. Leonard Mata said.
As the teen fled to the west, the officer pulled a U-turn and tailed him at a safe speed, according to Mata. A short distance away, the patrolman saw that the sport utility vehicle the boy was driving had veered off the roadway in the 4100 block of Lake Boulevard and struck the man and the child on a sidewalk before crashing into a home, the lieutenant said.
Police detained the motorist as he tried to drive out of the area. Three passengers in the SUV jumped out and ran off into the neighborhood.
Medics took the 18-month-old child, who was riding in a stroller when the SUV hit him, to Rady Children's Hospital, where he was admitted in critical condition. His 50-year-old grandfather was taken to a trauma center for treatment of serious injuries.
The teenage motorist was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and hit-and-run.
"The initial investigation revealed the driver lost control as he tried to make a right turn into a private driveway at an unsafe speed," Mata said.
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