18-Year-Old Detained after DUI Collision near Buckner Road

MERCED, CA (October 5, 2021) – Authorities arrested 18-year-old Alizha Cooksey Sunday night, following a hit-and-run on Gerard Avenue.

The incident occurred around 11:53 p.m., on East Gerard Avenue and Buckner Road. Dispatchers arrived to the scene shortly after.

According to reports, the driver of a blue Chrysler 300 struck a parked vehicle and an electric box. Three passengers as well as the driver fled the scene immediately after.

Officers later located the suspects and arrested Alizha Cooksey, the driver, on DUI related charges.

No further information has been released to the public at this time. However, an active investigation remains ongoing.

Operating a vehicle under the influence is one of the most dangerous things you can do as a driver. If you find yourself unable to safely drive, you can always contact a Lyft, Uber or taxi service instead. By doing so, you can help keep yourself and others around you safe.


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