Tuesday, 18 June 2024

CHP arrests hit-and-run suspect

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CHP Officer Barnes examines the suspect's car. Photo courtesy of CHP.

CLEARLAKE OAKS - The California Highway Patrol has arrested a Clearlake Oaks man who allegedly left the scene after hitting a bicyclist with his vehicle on Saturday.


Josh Dye, public affairs officer for the Clear Lake Area CHP office, reported that Jon Somdahl, 58, of Clearlake Oaks was arrested Monday for felony hit and run.


Somdahl was charged with hitting Joshua Lundquist at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, Dye reported, as Lundquist rode his BMX bicycle on the right shoulder heading eastbound on Highway 20.


Lundquist was just east of Oak Grove Avenue in Clearlake Oaks when he allegedly was struck from behind by Somdahl's vehicle. Dye reported that it was raining when the collision is alleged to have taken place.


Somdahl then allegedly fled the scene, according to Dye's report.


Lundquist was transported to Sutter Lakeside Hospital where he was treated for his injuries, including head trauma.


CHP Officers Domby and Barnes analyzed the evidence at the scene and developed leads on the suspect vehicle, Dye said.


Their investigation led them to a suspect vehicle at a Clearlake Oaks residence, less than half a mile from where the Saturday collision occurred.


At the residence they located Somdahl, who was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail, Dye reported.


Somdahl is being held on $10,000 bail, according to the jail's arrest records.


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