CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - A driver intentionally hit two people and a dog then fled the scene on Sunday night, say Citrus Heights police.
According to police, the incident started around 9 p.m. with an argument between a two employees, a man and woman, at a Dairy Queen on the 7900 block of Auburn Boulevard. During the course of the argument the female employee called her husband, asking him to come to the location.
At the same time, the man involved in the argument made his way across the street, meeting up with a friend, police said.
A short time later, the female's husband arrived in a 1998 Ford Explorer, said police.
According to police, the husband circled the parking lot where the man had walked, then veered toward the man, his friend and the dog.
The driver hit both men and the dog, pushing them into the window of the front of an unoccupied business, and then drove away, said police.
Christopher Meyer, the owner of the dog, said it happened quickly.
"I pushed Mikey (his friend) out of the way and I tried to get my dog out of the way but she's always on a leash so I took the brunt of it, so I went through there," Meyer said, gesturing to the smashed store front. "My dog got pushed through the front."
The employee hit by the car was transported to a local hospital with undisclosed injuries. Meyer was treated by medics at the scene. His dog sustained a cut above its eye and was scheduled to be taken to a veterinarian Monday.
Officers said the pair were very lucky.
"Both individuals were talking, alert and we're grateful. This all could have turned out a lot worse," said Citrus Heights police Officer Jon Kempf.
Officers quickly set up a perimeter but were unable to locate the driver. However, they said they knew who he was and were confident he would be located.