Santa Paula Police Officer injured during pursuit

On Nov. 12, 2015 at approximately 8:36pm a Santa Paula police officer attempted to stop a subject driving a vehicle known to him as Victor Marquez, age 19 of Santa Paula, in the area of Harvard Blvd. and Olive St. Marquez was known to not have a valid driver’s license. Once Marquez was observed the officer made a u-turn to conduct a traffic stop. When the officer did this Marquez fled the area driving northbound on 4th Street and making a left onto westbound Ventura Street. Marquez failed to stop at the stop sign at a high rate of speed. As Marquez approached the intersection of Olive St. a truck was driving eastbound on Ventura St. Due to the narrow street the truck unintentionally blocked his path. Marquez was driving too fast to stop in time and collided with the truck.

Marquez then placed his vehicle in reverse and at a high rate of speed struck the police officer who was attempting to make a traffic stop. Marquez then attempted to drive forward however he collided with 2 other parked vehicles and the same truck for a second time stopping his vehicle. Marquez then fled from his vehicle and ran to his residence in the 100 block of S. Olive Street where he was taken into custody by officers without incident. When Marquez was arrested at his residence he was found in possession of a methamphetamine pipe. It should be noted Marquez collided with a total of 4 vehicles in this incident.

Once Marquez was taken into custody the officer involved in the traffic collision was transported to SPER for lower back pain and difficulty breathing. The officer is now at home and is expected to return back to duty. The driver of the truck also complained on back pain however denied medical assistance.

Marquez was charged with the following crimes: 69 PC – felony resisting arrest, 245(a)(1) PC – assault with a deadly weapon, 20001(a) VC – felony hit and run with injuries, 2800.2 VC – felony evading a police officer, 11364 HS – possession of a smoking device, and 12500(a) VC – driving without a license. Marquez was transported to Ventura County Main Jail where his bail was set at $55,000.

Victor Marquez

                                      Victor Marquez


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