Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver Found Hiding in Dryer

A woman involved in a hit-and-run crash ran into a resident's garage, where she was found hiding in a clothes dryer

A suspected hit-and-run driver was arrested early Friday morning in Bellflower after she was found hiding in a dryer inside a woman's garage, authorities said.

A hit-and-run collision was reported around 3:30 a.m. after a woman hit an SUV near the intersection of Rosecrans and Artis Avenues. The driver then ran from the site of the crash and scaled a fence, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Lakewood station.

Barefoot and bloodied, she ended up outside the home of Rita Hill, who said she heard the woman repeatedly pounding on a screen door.

"I'm confused," said Hill of her reaction. "I have not idea who she is. I have no idea where she came from. I have no idea how she got in my backyard."

Hill did not open the door, so the suspect made her way to the garage and hid inside a dryer, where deputies found her about 15 to 30 minutes later, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The woman apparently suffered cuts to her foot from glass and dragged blood into the backyard and dryer.

"I just could not imagine anybody fitting into a dryer like that," said Hill, whose owne car was damaged in a hit-and-run crash earlier this week.

The driver of the SUV was not injured in the crash. The suspected hit-and-run driver was transported to a hospital for evaluation and arrested on suspicion of DUI, authorities said.

Kelvin Carter and Jonathan Lloyd contributed to this report.

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