HANFORD — A man accused of hitting a bicyclist with his car and fleeing was thwarted by officers who found his bumper, with the license plate still attached, at the scene of the crime.
Police said they quickly found the driver, Arturo Limas, who appeared to be so intoxicated that he couldn't stand on his own. He had to be carried out to the patrol car, according to the Hanford Police Department.
It all happened on Sunday around 4:15 p.m., when Hanford Police officers were called to the area of 11th Avenue and Thompson Drive.
While officers were on their way to the call, a witness reported that the driver of a silver Nissan Pathfinder had fled the scene.
The bicyclist had sustained major injuries to his leg and several pieces of his bike were strewn across the roadway.
After finding the bumper and license plate, officers began searching the area for the vehicle. A deputy with the Kings County Sheriff’s department spotted it parked on Jones Street at Malta Street.
Hanford officers responded to the area and took over the investigation.
They found Limas still inside his car. When they ordered him to get out, he fell to the ground, unable to stand, police said.
Limas, who police say has prior arrests for driving under the influence, was booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of felony hit and run, DUI with injury and driving on a suspended license.