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Chula Vista police: Driver accused of chasing down teen bicyclists, hitting one with car

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Posted at 8:02 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 19:00:45-04

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) - A driver was arrested after Chula Vista police said he allegedly chased down two teen boys, hitting one of them with his car and punching him, after they apparently threw food at his vehicle.

At around 6 p.m. Monday, a 14-year-old boy and his 15-year-old companion threw food at a Mercedes-Benz near North Greensview Drive, Chula Vista police confirmed. The motive is unclear.

The actions prompted the driver, identified as 41-year-old Garrett Perry, to pursue the teens as they rode away on bicycles, according to police.

Police said the boys made their way onto the Eastlake Country Club golf course (2375 Clubhouse Dr.), but the driver struck one of the bicyclists with his car and then punched the teen several times.

Paramedics treated the boy at the scene. He was not seriously hurt.

Perry was arrested a short time later and booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon causing great bodily injury, child cruelty causing injury, and robbery, according to police.

Police told 10News Perry allegedly stole a cell phone belonging to one of the teens, but it was eventually recovered.

Jail records obtained by 10News showed Perry was being held on $230,000 bail.

City News Service contributed to this report.