On Sunday, July 2, 2023 at 12:09AM Oakley police officers were dispatched to the intersection of Main Street at Charles Way for a traffic collision where a Toyota truck was completely rolled over. Our officers quickly arrived on scene and contacted the victims who were out of the vehicle and suffering injuries. Our officers started investigating the collision and determined a black sedan struck the victim vehicle and fled the location, which at face value is a violation of the California Vehicle Code, but when injuries are involved, these actions are classified as a felony offense. Our officers located the black sedan on nearby Babbe Street parked at the intersection of Martin Street. Our officers found three local men (aged 43, 43 & 28) near the vehicle and determined all three were associated with the vehicle and all three were intoxicated.
These three men were uncooperative with our investigation, but nonetheless our officers were able to determine they were not the driver of the black sedan and we continued to seek out the actual driver. The three men we were dealing with were all arrested for public intoxication and transported to the police department. While dealing with the three public intoxication suspects our officers were alerted the actual driver may have been walking on Main Street. Our officers responded to the area and located Jesus Leon-Lopez (55, local) and took him into custody before interviewing him and booking him into the main jail for felony hit and run.
“This investigation, and arrest, underscores the types of issues that never need to really rise to the level of criminal culpability. The largest issue facing the suspect in this case may very well be the mere fact he decided to not stop, as per the law, and cooperate with law-enforcement after a traffic collision with quite an egregious aftermath – to include injuries. When accidents happen, please just do the right thing, it will make your life much easier even when you are already going through a negative experience. Stay safe Oakley!”