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Man flees with child after crashing into Starbucks, police say

May 02, 2014|By Jeremiah Dobruck

A 3-year-old passenger was hurt when the driver of an SUV crashed into a closed Starbucks in Newport Beach, authorities said Friday.

Police said Johnny Martinez, 33, of Tustin rammed his vehicle into the coffee shop at Campus Drive and MacArthur Boulevard about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, grabbed the child out of the car and ran.

He made it about a mile before officers caught him, according to KTLA-TV Channel 5.

Martinez was unhurt, but the child suffered minor injuries and was taken to Hoag Hospital for evaluation, Newport Beach police Lt. Evan Sailor said.

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Police arrested Martinez on suspicion of felony child endangerment and felony hit-and-run. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

The investigation into the crash is continuing, but alcohol does not appear to be a factor, Sailor said.

Sailor did not know the relationship between Martinez and the child.

Martinez’s birthday was Thursday, according to jail records. 

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