Release Date/Time: 2/3/2015 6:02 PM
Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Possesion of firearm, etc.
Report #: 15-020148
Date: Tuesday, 2/3/2015
Time: 3:56 PM
Location: North Main Street / Rossi Street
A Salinas PD motorcylce officer was working traffic enforcement. He saw a gray Chevy Cruise drive straight through the turn lane at Monterey Street and Market Street where the driver was required to turn. The motor officer attempted a traffic stop at N. Main and Rossi Street but the driver took off northbound.
As they crossed the highway overpass, the right/front passenger tossed a Ruger, .357 calibre handgun out of the window. It appears that as the passenger threw the gun out the window, he accidently discharged the firearm into the dash. The driver took U.S. 101 northbound from North Main Street. He drove between traffic and on the shoulder to get around freeway traffic.
He exited at West Laurel Drive before making a left turn on the overpass. He made a U-turn and drove back down the same off-ramp he had just used to exit. He entered the freeway going southbound in the northbound lanes. It wasn't long before the driver lost control while dodging northbound traffic and crashed into the vegetation and hillside east of the freeway.
Two males and two females ran from the vehicle. The two females were located and later released. The males were described by witnesses as two black male adutls, one with a black sweatshirt and jeans and one with a light sweatshirt and jeans. There was evidence inside the car that may lead to the identification of the two males. Investigation continuing.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250