FREMONT -- Police say a Newark woman went on a crime spree that began with a fight and a carjacking and ended after at least four hit-and-run crashes on area streets.
The chaos began about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday when employees at Centerville Saw and Tool at 3516 Peralta Blvd. called 911 to report a carjacking, said Fremont police Sgt. Jeff Swadener.
The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Rose Farrer, first got into a fight with three women and then took off running, Swadener said. As the women chased her, she stopped and forced a 75-year-old Fremont man out of his 2000 Saturn sedan, police said.
The three women then intervened and tried to help the man, but the suspect, who police say was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, grabbed the car keys and sped away in the Saturn.
Shortly after, callers began reporting hit-and-run crashes at Fremont Boulevard and Decoto Road and Fremont Boulevard at Ferry Lane, Swadener said. Witnesses said that during the second crash, the driver rammed the victim's vehicle several times before driving off, police said.
After an alert was issued to other area law enforcement agencies, witnesses reported another crash at Watkins and Jackson streets in Hayward, said Hayward police Sgt. Eric Krimm. In that crash, the driver hit a four-door Buick Regal and kept driving, he said. Officers then spotted the Saturn near Jackson Street and Mission Boulevard.
An officer tried to stop the car, but the woman drove off and then was involved in another hit -and-run crash near 2nd and D streets. Police said the Saturn crashed into the front of a Ford F-150 pick up truck.
The woman got out of the Saturn and ran. Officers chased her and then took her into custody using a Taser.
No one was injured in the series of collisions, police said.
Farrer was booked on suspicion driving under the influence, hit and run, evading police and receiving stolen property.
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