Release Date/Time: 8/12/2016 12:36 AM
Incident: Vehicle Pursuit
Report #: 16 08 0643
Date: Friday, 8/12/2016
Time: 10:29 PM
Location: Del Monte / Pacific Ave. - to Castroville
Officers patrolling in the area of Del Monte and Pacific Avenue and observed a vehicle with four aboard committing a vehicle code violation. They activated their equipment to initiate a stop at Rider and Del Monte and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled through East and North Salinas and out into the county along San Juan Grade Road, Bolsa Knolls, and back into Salinas. While on San Juan Grade Road the suspect vehicle turned back toward town and was heading southbound and swerved over the northbound lanes and into the shoulder narrowly missing two patrol cars. The pursuit then continued onto Espinosa Road to Castroville where the driver attempted a turn and crashed into a parked ice cream truck at Merritt and Preston Street. The four occupants fled on foot. The driver, 20-year-old Jose Martinez, began jumping fences but was caught by pursuing officers. The other three suspects avoided capture. Officers on scene were flagged down by a child attending services at a nearby church and were told by the child a man ran through the church yard and tossed something in the bushes. The officers located a loaded chrome .38 caliber revolver. Martinez was booked into County Jail. The investigation into the identity of the other three continues.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".
Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7250