Auto collision at Pioneer and Al Tahoe |

Auto collision at Pioneer and Al Tahoe

A high-speed game of cat and mouse ended in a two-car collision at Al Tahoe Boulevard and Pioneer Trail.

Witnesses said a Nissan Altima reached speeds of 75 mph and passed several cars while going up a hill on Al Tahoe. The car, driven by Dezzery Hartman-Jacobson, 24, skidded more than 100 feet and crashed into a pickup driven by Mark Hoffman, 38.

The front of the Nissan was completely crushed, leaving the vehicle undrivable. Hartman-Jacobson was visibly limping after the accident. The pickup had minor damage.

Hoffman, who was making a left turn onto Pioneer from Al Tahoe, said if Hartman had not hit the truck she would have crashed into the wall behind the three-way intersection.

“She would have hit the wall,” he said. “There is no doubt.”

Following Hoffman at high speeds was Christopher Noland Hull, 23, who lives with Hartman-Jacobson. Driving a Honda Civic, he followed Hartman-Jacobson on the wrong side of the road up the hill and narrowly avoided crashing into an oncoming truck, eyewitnesses said.

Dale Lawson, a retired East Bay police officer and El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy, placed both Hartman and Hull under citizen’s arrest for reckless driving. Lawson was driving up the blind hill when he saw the two vehicles pass him.

Lawson’s wife, Norma, was riding with her husband.

“I saw this black car and said to my husband ‘Oh my God!’ I was hoping no one would hit them head on,” she said.

Lawson signed the misdemeanor citations, which ordered Hull and Hartman-Jacobson to appear in court Sept. 4.

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