Recently, a suspect was arrested in connection with a high-speed chase that occurred in Ventura County on Friday, June 4th. It all began just before 11:30 Friday morning when police received a report of a stolen vehicle from the Roadway Inn motel. On route to the crime scene, police spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to perform a traffic stop. Unfortunately, the driver sped off, crossing onto the wrong side of the road and sideswiping another vehicle stopped at a traffic light.
Police eventually broke off the chase because it was too dangerous to bystanders. The vehicle was eventually recovered after a witness reported seeing it in a nearby parking lot. The suspect was later spotted in the downtown area and was arrested without incident 0n suspicion of carjacking, evading police, hit and run, and an additional outstanding warrant.
Carjacking in California is covered under California Penal Code 215 PC and is described as taking a motor vehicle from another person by means of force or fear. It’s a felony that is punishable by probation and up to one year in county jail or three, five, or nine years in California state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Evading police is covered under California Vehicle Code 2800.1 VC and is described as willfully evading a police officer who is pursuing them either in a car or on a bike. The crime is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Hit and run is covered under California Vehicle Code 2002 VC and is described as leaving the scene of an accident without first providing identifying information. It can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on whether or not someone was injured or killed. In the case above, nobody was injured, so it’s likely that the crime will be charged as a misdemeanor. The potential penalties include up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.