Release Date/Time: 2/13/2020 11:43 AM
Incident:Pursuit, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Collision with Injuries
Date: Wednesday, 2/12/2020
Time: 4:28 PM
Location:N. Main St. at Menke
On 2/12/2020 at 4:28 pm, Salinas PD officer attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the are a of N. Main St at Menke. The driver, later identified as Timothy Callahan (35), failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit reached speeds of 80 MPH before the suspect vehicle stopped on Stockton St. Before officers could contact the driver, he fled again. Due to the rush hour traffic congestion starting to build up in the area, the pursuit was canceled.
Callahan continued to attempt to drive away through traffic and in the process sideswiped a vehicle at the intersection of N. Main St. and W. Market. He encountered construction traffic near Lincoln Ave. and as he turned southbound on Lincoln Ave. Callahan rammed a SPD patrol vehicle stopped in traffic northbound on Lincoln Ave. head on. The impact caused substantial damage to both vehicles.
Callahan exited his vehicle and was quickly taken into custody. His passenger was treated and released on scene. The officer suffered moderate injuries but was treated and later released.
Callahan had multiple warrants for his arrest including several felonies. He was also potentially driving under the influence at the time of the collision. He was eventually booked into Monterey County Jail for a variety of charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera