Pedestrian seriously injured downtown by out of control car

A pedestrian was seriously injured in downtown Baltimore on Wednesday when an out of control car came onto the sidewalk and struck a pole, according to Baltimore Police.

The driver of the vehicle, which had been involved in several other collisions in a two-block radius before coming to a stop, was arrested by police after trying to flee the scene with a toddler, police said.

Police began receiving "numerous 911 calls" about the black Acura from the downtown area just after noon, said Sgt. Eric Kowalczyk.

The car was first involved in a collision with a shuttle bus and another vehicle at the intersection of Light and E. Pratt streets, where no one was reported injured, police said.

It then continued on and struck another vehicle at the intersection of Lombard and S. Charles streets before the driver lost further control and ended up on the sidewalk, police said.

After the car came to a stop, the driver got out and removed a toddler from the rear of the vehicle before trying to flee, police said.

The man was arrested at the scene, police said. Charges are pending.

The driver was transported to an area hospital with what were considered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. The toddler was also transferred to an area hospital as a precaution. Neither have been identified.

The pedestrian who was struck, who has also not been identified, was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries, police said.

Police are investigating the collisions but do not know why the driver was acting so erratically.

No further information was immediately available.

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