The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 11-12-2022 at about 6:54 am, Ukiah PD officers responded to a hit-and-run collision involving an SUV colliding into a parked vehicle, causing the parked vehicle, to crash into the garage of a residence. The driver and passenger of the SUV were intoxicated female juveniles who fled the scene of the collision. Residents in the neighborhood followed the juveniles and updated Ukiah PD dispatch of their last known locations and direction of travel, allowing officers to set up a perimeter. Residents followed the juveniles until they began hiding in bushes and jumping over other residents’ fences. The driver, a 13-year-old Hispanic female, and the passenger, a 15-year-old Hispanic female, found an open side door to a garage and tried to hide inside the garage while the occupants were home.
Ukiah PD officers and a CHP officer maintained a perimeter and began canvassing the area. A perimeter officer was alerted to the juvenile’s location after the homeowner was surprised by their presence after walking in her garage. The juveniles were initially detained and the investigation continued.
With the cooperation of the involved officers and the publics’ cooperation, this case was quickly closed. Surveillance video, witness statements, and other evidence was gathered and submitted to juvenile probation. The driver was turned over to Probation at Juvenile Hall and the passenger was turned over to a parent. Ukiah PD extends its thanks to CHP and to the public who cooperated and assisted in this investigation.
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