Man allegedly ditches daughter in car crash


Officers arrested a man suspect of driving while drunk Wednesday in Pacifica after he allegedly fled from the scene of a crash after picking up his three-year-old daughter from daycare, according to police.

Around 12:30 p.m., officers responded to Linda Mar Boulevard and Peralta Way for a report of a crash, police said.

There, officers found crash debris and a damaged light pole.

Witnesses told officers a vehicle described as a silver Honda sedan was seen fleeing from the scene.

After searching the area, officers found the vehicle, a silver Honda accord in the 1400 block of Adobe Drive. The Honda had damage to the right front bumper and wheel area, according to police.

After pulling the vehicle over and speaking with the driver, officers identified him as Pacifica resident Matthew Smith, police said.

Inside the Honda, officers also found Smith’s young daughter.

Officers witnessed Smith exhibiting behavior that suggested he might have been drunk. After conducting a DUI investigation, officers determined Smith had consumed alcohol before picking up his daughter, according to police.

Officers then arrested Smith on suspicion of driving while under the influence, child endangerment and hit-and-run, police said.

The child was not injured during the crash.

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