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Hit and Run, Slashed Tires Halt 41st Avenue

This is why you should never hit and then run. Or drive drunk.

Around 8 p.m. on Friday evening, emergency lines recieved numerous calls that there was a knife fight taking place on 41st Avenue, in front of the .

The altercation, which blocked the southbound lane of 41st avenue for nearly an hour, occurred after a hit-and-run accident on Soquel Drive, just north of 41st Avenue. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, a man driving a Chevrolet truck rear-ended a Dodge Durango, and didn't stop to acknowledge the accident.

The Durango driver, a man in his twenties, then "gave chase" and caught up with the Chevy truck on 41st Avenue, positioning his vehicle sideways to block the Chevy, according to CHP Officer Hugh Holden.

Then, things got interesting. 

"The person who got rear ended produced some sort of pocket knife and proceeded to puncture three of the four tires of the vehicle [Chevy]," Holden said. 

Around this time, dispatchers started to receive calls that there was a "knife fight" happening. 

There was no evidence of a "knife fight" when the police arrived on scene, and no injuries. The tire slasher was not arrested.

"That was up to the Sheriffs, and they must have determined that they didn't have enough to arrest him," said Holden.

The hit-and-run driver was, however, arrested on the suspicion of a DUI, and his passenger was arrested for being drunk in public, according to Holden. 

"And then the DUI vehicle had to be towed, because the tires were slashed," Holden said.

The driver and passenger were booked in County jail.

Patch contributor Danny Keith happened to be near by and took a video. It is unknown if the shouting and names hurled at the police officers are coming from the driver arrested for hit and run.

Did you get stuck in the 41st Avenue traffic from this incident? Tell us in the comments!

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Chuck April 01, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Sounds reasonable, from the limited information in this article. it doesnt sound like the guy who got rear ended, was using his knife to threaten the perpetrator who did the rear ending. I'd say he was making a good faith attempt to detain the hit/run driver and keep him from getting away--which he had already attempted to do. nice work.

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