Unlicensed Driver Evades, Crashes into Patrol Car, Injures Cop
Ventura County – The #1 Rule of Driving Without a Valid License (if there were such rules) is never run over the cop chasing you.
Apparently 19-year-old Victor Marquez, a resident of Santa Paula known to the local police as not possessing a driver’s license, doesn’t own a copy of that mythical rule book, as evidenced by the events leading up to his Thursday, November 12th arrest on multiple drug possession and motor vehicle charges.
It was just after 8:30 that night when, according to Santa Paula Police Department spokesman Sgt. Cody Madison, a patrol officer spotted Marquez driving down the street and proceeded to conduct a routine traffic stop. But Marquez failed to yield, and instead accelerated away from the black-and-white he spotted in his rear view mirrors and subsequently blew through an intersection stop sign “at a high rate of speed.”
Marquez then approached a second intersection “unintentionally blocked” by a large truck driving in the opposite direction, and “collided with the truck,” then jammed his car into reverse gear and summarily crashed into the cop car behind him, injuring the pursuing officer. Undaunted, the ever-resourceful Marquez then drove forward, crashing into the truck once again as well as into two other vehicles parked along the roadway. As so often happens in cases such as this, Marquez then hopped out of his car and fled on foot in the direction of his residence just a block away.
As additional patrol units arrived on the scene, Marquez was followed directly to his home, where contact was made and he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia and promptly taken into custody without further incident. He was then transported to Ventura County Jail where he was booked on charges of felony resisting arrest, assault with a deadly weapon, felony hit and run with injuries, felony evading a police officer, possession of a smoking device, and driving without a license (which he will presumably never have).
Photo: courtesy Ventura County Jail Booking