Man in Custody in Lieu of $37,500 Bond for Evasion of Police Downtown
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Written By: Jim Emerson
SAN RAFAEL —A seemingly minor disturbance morphed into a more serious matter that landed a man in Marin County Jail. He is being held in lieu of $37,500 bond allegedly for evading police in the downtown area.
The incident began near the Falkirk Cultural Center on Mission Avenue. A disturbance was reported in the predawn hours of September 9. Officers tried to contact Stefan J. Ascierto, a 50- year-old construction worker who lives in Kentfield.
Instead of cooperating, Ascierto who has frequent contacts with police began driving away from the area. Apparently, he continued traveling eastbound along Mission Boulevard for about five blocks.
Turns out his vehicle had an expired registration. Moreover, Ascierto allegedly ignored red lights as police followed him. The brief pursuit ended near a vacant office building undergoing renovations.
Ascierto pulled into the parking lot at 900 Mission Avenue, where he was detained and arrested at 4:33 a.m. He was transported and booked at the county lockup at 5:48 a.m.
For his actions that morning, Ascierto faces one felony charge for evading an officer while disregarding safety. He also faces one misdemeanor charge for obstructing/resisting an officer, and a vehicle code infraction for expired registration.
Turns out, Ascierto also had an outstanding bench warrant for obstructing/resisting an officer.
This involves yet another misdemeanor charge. Since 2019, he has been arrested five other times. His prior arrests concern disorderly conduct, controlled substances, resisting/obstructing an officer, and causing a public nuisance.