News Story


Thousand Oaks - Deputy Injured in Traffic Collision
5/30/2014 10:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Auto Collision Injures Thousand Oaks Deputy

Report Number:



Westlake Boulevard, North of Rainfield Avenue.  Thousand Oaks, Ca

Date & Time:

May 29, 2014 9:30 PM


Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department, Traffic Bureau


(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence



(P) Mark Spellman

(P) Deputy Richard Rudas

Thousand Oaks







On May 29, 2014, at approximately 9:30 PM, a Thousand Oaks deputy was conducting a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle on northbound Westlake Blvd, north of Rainfield Ave in the city of Thousand Oaks.  His overhead emergency lights were on.  The deputy was walking back to his patrol car when it was struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Mark Spellman, 54 years old, of Thousand Oaks.  The collision pushed the patrol car forward, striking the deputy and causing him to fall backwards several feet. 


Neither Mr Spellman or the driver of the stopped vehicle were injured.  Deputy Richard Rudas, an 8-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, suffered injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene.  He was transported to Los Robles Hospital, received treatment, and later released.   


The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind drivers to exercise caution when driving on our roadways.  Drivers should also be aware, emergency and maintenance type vehicles may be parked against curbs and on the shoulder of the roadway.  As the weather warms, more citizens travel on our roadways; which increases the likelihood of bicycle and auto accidents.




Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Edward Beauvais, Crime Prevention Bureau



Media Release Date:

May 30, 2014


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brad Clifton, Traffic Bureau (805) 373-2322


Approved by:

Captain James Fryhoff



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).