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Santa Rosa Police Department
Saturday September 29th, 2018 :: 07:44 a.m. PDT


SUBJECT: Vehicle Collision/Pursuit

FROM: Sergeant Dan Marincik

SUBJECT: Vehicle Collision/Pursuit

On September 29, 2018, at around 1:39 a.m., a Santa Rosa Police Sergeant was driving southbound on Coffey Lane approaching the intersection with Walnut Creek Drive. When he drove into the intersection, he saw a white Mercedes-Benz SUV that was westbound on Walnut Creek Drive. The SUV drove through the intersection at approximately 30 m.p.h. without stopping. The sergeant was unable to avoid the SUV and it struck the front-left side of his police vehicle. The driver of the SUV immediately turned southbound onto Coffey Lane and drove away at a high-rate of speed. The sergeant’s vehicle was damaged but was still drivable. The sergeant turned on his lights and siren and attempted to catch up to the speeding SUV.

The SUV failed to stop and travelled at speeds greater than 70 m.p.h. on residential streets. At one point, the vehicle drove through a red light at Coffey Lane and Piner Road. The sergeant continued to pursue the vehicle when it turned eastbound onto Bluebell Drive, a dead-end street. The vehicle continued at a high-rate of speed to the end of the street where it struck a fence before coming to a stop. The driver of the vehicle fled into the surrounding area.

Additional officers arrived on scene to help. One of the officers located the suspect hiding in some shrubbery in a nearby mobile home park. Officers arrested the suspect, Jose Luis Hernandez, an eighteen-year-old Santa Rosa resident, without further incident. After Hernandez received treatment for minor injuries sustained from the collision at a local hospital, officers booked him into jail on the following charges:

§ VC 2800.2- Evading a Police Officer
§ VC 20002 (a)- Hit and Run
§ VC 23152 (f) – DUI Drugs

The sergeant suffered minor injuries as a result of the collision, but he did not need medical treatment.

For media inquiries, please contact Sergeant Dan Marincik at [email protected]

Santa Rosa Police Department
965 Sonoma Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-543-3600

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