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Ojai: Vehicle Pursuit Results in Traffic Collision
7/18/2011 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:     Vehicle Pursuit Results in Traffic Collision


Location:                     100 Block of East Oak Street  / Ojai, CA


Date & Time/ RB#:     7/17/2011 @ 3:40 a.m.  / 11-16121     


Unit Responsible:        Ojai Police Department, Traffic



In the early morning hours on Sunday, 7/17/2011, a patrol deputy observed a red mini pickup turn south on North Montgomery Street without stopping for the stop sign on East Oak Street.  The deputy attempted to stop the driver by activating the siren and the overhead emergency lights.  The driver failed to stop and accelerated away at a high rate of speed westbound on East Aliso Street, and a brief pursuit ensued. 


The driver of the pickup attempted to turn right onto East Oak Street, but due to his high rate of speed failed to complete the turn.  The pickup left the roadway and collided with a wooden split rail fence that bordered a residential property in the 100 block of East Oak Street.  The driver of the pickup failed to stop before he collided with a vehicle that was parked in the driveway, and the vehicle finally came to rest after colliding with the garage door at the residence.


The male driver then exited the pickup and fled the scene on foot, with the deputy in foot pursuit. The driver was last seen running into the apartment complex at 307 North Signal Street.  A Sheriff's K-9 Unit assisted and was able to track the driver to an apartment within the complex.  At this time, the driver is outstanding and the investigation for this hit & run traffic collision is continuing.


Anyone that may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the identity of the driver is asked to contact the Ojai Police Department. 


Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).


Officer Preparing Release:    Senior Deputy Jim Popp #1674

Follow-up Contact:               Senior Deputy Jim Popp (805) 646-1414                                                          

Date of Release:                    7/18/2011                                                                     

Approved By:                        Captain Don Aguilar