Richmond Police Car Crashes Transporting “Spitting” Suspect To Jail

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Richmond Police car after a rollover crash on Highway 4.

Richmond Police car after a rollover crash on Highway 4.

HERCULES (CBS SF) — A Richmond police officer transporting a suspect to the county jail Monday morning lost control and crashed on state Highway 4 in Hercules, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

The crash happened at about 10:50 a.m. on eastbound Highway 4 just east of Interstate Highway 80, near Willow Avenue.

According to police, the suspect started to spit on the officer. When the officer tried to find something to block the spit, he lost control of the car and it rolled over.

A Honda Accord was also involved in the crash.

Both were sent to hospitals, including one who was taken to John Muir Medical Center with minor injuries.  The officer has since been released, but the suspect has not.

The crash initially blocked lanes, but the roadway was cleared just before noon.

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