Release Date/Time: 4/4/2019 10:00 AM
Incident: Assault with Deadly Weapon/ Pursuit
Date: Thursday, 4/4/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: City of Salinas/ Hartnell Road
An officer attempted to stop a vehicle wanted in connection to a pursuit that occurred on 3-29-19. During the initial pursuit on March 29th, the driver, had evaded officers by travelling southbound, in the northbound lanes of highway 101. Last night, as officers attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit began and the driver fled northbound on N. Main Street at speeds approaching 90 mph. The suspect driver, Giovanni Guzman (34), a parolee, made his way onto highway 101. Guzman re-entered the city and headed south on Williams Road. After making a few U-turns, he turned back towards the pursuing officers and attempted to ram the patrol officer's vehicle. The officer was able to avoid a collision, and Guzman re-entered highway 101 at Kern traveling southbound in the northbound lanes placing lives at risk. Officers followed him by traveling in the correct southbound lanes and paralleling the suspect. Guzman exited onto Hartnell Road with Salinas PD and CHP in pursuit, and crashed at Hartnell Road. When he exited the vehicle, Guzman hid behind the front of his car, bobbed up and down from behind cover, and told officers he had a gun. Officers challenged Guzman with verbal commands and attempted to de-escalate the situation. Guzman attempted to run heading into a field, however, a Salinas officer released his police K-9 and Guzman was caught and arrested. Guzman was booked into County Jail. The pursuit lasted approximately 25 miles.
Release Authorized by:Cmdr. John C. Murray