POLICE: 40-year-old man arrested after two hit-and-run crashes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Bakersfield Police arrested a 40-year-old man after police said he was involved in two hit-and-run collisions Tuesday. 

Around 2:15 p.m. officers responded to the 100 block of Chester Avenue near 1st Street for a non-injury hit-and-run collision. 

Police said the driver who took off was then involved in a second minor injury collision in the 10 block of South Chester Avenue near Brundage Lane. 

When officers arrived, they said the same driver involved in the first hit and run also took off from the second collision scene and in the process collided with an unoccupied Bakersfield Police Department Service Technician's truck. 

Additional officers located the suspect vehicle in the area of Highway 58 and Cottonwood Road and the driver led officers on a short, low-speed pursuit. 

Police said the driver abandoned his vehicle in the 1400 blk of Cheatham Ave. near Cottonwood Road and E. Casa Loma Dr. and was taken into custody. 

The suspect, identified as Johnnie Moore, 40, of Bakersfield was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, three counts of hit and run, evading, and resisting arrest. 

Moore was booked into the Kern County Jail following medical clearance at a local hospital. 

One driver from the second collision was taken to a local hospital for a complaint of pain, according to police.

No police department personnel were injured.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Bakersfield Police at 327-7111. 

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