Release Date/Time: 3/12/2016 12:48 AM
Incident: Vehicle Pursuit - Felony DUI - Gang Case
Report #: 16-03-0540
Date: Friday, 3/11/2016
Time: 9:21 PM
Location: Kern St / E. Market St.
A 26-year-old man, was driving on Kern St. when he was cut off by a Black Camaro and blew his horn. The Camaro began tailgating him as he drove to the dead end of Kern Street. The man pulled into the reception area of the Holiday Inn hoping the occupants of the Camaro would move on, but they remained in the dead end and began "spinning donuts" in an attempt to intimidate him. The Camaro eventually moved on and the man drove southbound on Kern. As he reached the McDonald the Camaro pulled out in front of him and blocked his path. The occupant exited the vehicle and approached his vehicle yelling and throwing gang signs. The man backed up and drove around them, called 911, and pulled into the Arco gas station. A nearby officer arrived on scene and attempted an enforcement stop on the suspect vehicle. The Camaro took off at a high rate of speed spinning its tires and drove southbound on Kern. The Camaro passed two cars on Kern and tried to make the left turn on to Market and lost control careening into the Shell gas station striking the concrete center pillar resulting is severe damage to the vehicle and airbag deployment. Three of the occupants fled on foot, the driver, Ramon Nunez (25), was taken into custody after having to be tased. The front passenger, a 17-year-old male, and rear passenger Jesus Lopez (18), also fled on foot but were captured shortly thereafter. The fourth occupant, Ivan Alcala (19), remained in the vehicle.
The driver, Nunez, was cited for felony DUI as a result of injuries sustained by one of his passengers, and was booked in County Jail with additional charges including evading arrest, challenging to fight, and gang enhancements. The remaining three were issued citations pending court appearance for charges including resisting arrest, challenging to fight, and gang enhancements.
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