Hit and run arrest follows parking dispute in San Carlos

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A man was arrested on felony hit and run and assault with a deadly weapon charges after he allegedly struck a woman with his car at a slow speed during a parking dispute in San Carlos on Wednesday, then left the scene. But the man, identified as Douglas Caraway, 70, of San Carlos, didn’t go into hiding. Before leaving the scene, he told the assault victim his name, date of birth, and exactly where police could find him, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, a woman in her 50s, complained of pain in her left leg but declined medical attention following the incident that occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in the 500 block of El Camino Real.

An investigation, according to the sheriff’s office, showed the woman was attempting to back into a parking space on southbound El Camino Real when Douglas Caraway, 70, of San Carlos, “partially maneuvered his vehicle into the parking space behind the victim’s vehicle.”

The woman exited her car, confronted Caraway and they argued.

“Caraway responded by putting his vehicle into gear, and at a very slow speed, he drove his vehicle forward and struck the victim on the side of her left leg,” the sheriff’s office said. “Caraway then stopped his vehicle and the verbal argument continued.”

The woman backed a few steps and Caraway once again drove forward and made contact with her left leg, according to the sheriff’s office. He then parked on the west curb of El Camino Real and, during the confrontation, provided his full name, date of birth and told her that if she called the police, they could contact him at the King Chuan Chinese Restaurant at 1188 San Carlos Ave.

That’s where deputies would find him. Caraway was arrested and booked in his San Mateo County jail. His vehicle was towed.

Anyone who might have information regarding this crime is encouraged to call the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Anonymous Tip Line at 1-800-547-2700.