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2 Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash on PCH near Seal Beach Boulevard [Seal Beach, CA]

2 Injured in Hit-and-Run Crash on PCH near Seal Beach Boulevard [Seal Beach, CA]

Two Hospitalized in PCH Multi-Vehicle Crash in Seal Beach

 
Seal Beach, CA (June 7, 2020) – On Saturday evening, two Seal Beach police officers sustained injuries in a multi-vehicle hit-and-run crash on PCH near Seal Beach Boulevard.
 
Police then arrested the 23-year-old Oscar Mercado of Long Beach.
 
Reportedly, officers responded to a first reported incident of a four-car collision in the area of Seal Beach Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway just after 6:30 p.m on June 6.
 
While they were investigating the first reported accident, they got another call of a possible drunk driver coming northbound on PCH near Seal Beach Boulevard.
 
Then, one of the investigating officers allegedly intentionally struck by the reported drunk driver’s gray Dodge Durango. The officer then fired his gun at the driver through the front windshield but did not hit him.
 
However, the driver fled the scene northbound on PCH at a high rate of speed and crashed into the driver’s side of another Seal Beach police officer who drove his patrol car.
 
Moreover, Mercado crashed head-on to another vehicle and stopped. He then again fled with his 4-year-old daughter on foot, leading officers on a short pursuit.
 
Finally, officers arrested him and took the child. Police then also found Mercado’s 12-year-old brother abandoned in the car.

The Suspect’s Case and Updates

At this time, Mercado is booked in Orange County Jail and is facing charges on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, felony hit-and-run, felony child endangerment for both children, and resisting or delaying a peace officer with violence.
 
Furthermore, his bail is set at $100,000, and he is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, O.C. booking records show.
 
Meanwhile, both injured police officers were taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and are now recovering.
 
Further investigation is ongoing and anyone with information about the incident may call Detective Jeff Gibson at 562-799-4100 ext. 1109.

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