Witness tackles suspect allegedly trying to leave scene of crash

ELKHART, Ind. - A suspect was arrested after a witness tackled him as he was allegedly trying to leave the scene of a crash, the Elkhart Police Department reported.

At 10:16 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a call at the intersection of Princeton Street and Charles Street.

According to a witness, a male subject was driving a 2012 Ford Focus south on Princeton Street when it approached the intersection of Charles Street and allegedly struck a parked F150.

The Focus then continued through the intersection and struck a Chevrolet Impala, reports said.

The suspect got out of the Focus and tried to run from the scene but the witness tackled him and held him on the ground until police arrived, reports said.  

Later at the detention center, the suspect allegedly kicked an officer in the kneecap as he was walking into a cell.

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Abimael Sanchez Hernandez of Elkhart, was arrested and taken to the Elkhart County Jail on the charges of battery against a public safety official, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of a crash.

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