Sunday, October 7, 2007

Hit & Run & Police Evasion for California DUI driver

California DUI / Drunk Driving criminal defense lawyers news

SANTA ROSA California

A man who fled after allegedly being involved in a hit-and-run collision in Santa Rosa has been taken into custody.

Michael Mitrick, of Santa Rosa, was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on Friday for felony evading, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, hit and run, Drunk Driving / DUI / driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.

At about 9:10 a.m. Friday, the Santa Rosa Police Department was advised of a hit and run that occurred in the area of Mission Boulevard and Sonoma Highway. The suspect vehicle was being followed by a witness.

A Santa Rosa K-9 officer located the suspect vehicle, a 1995 Chevrolet Corvette, near the intersection of College Avenue and Morgan Street.

The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The Corvette’s driver then fled from the officer. The officer followed the Corvette onto northbound Cleveland Avenue. The pursuit reached speeds in excess of 60 mph.

During the pursuit, Mitrick allegedly lost control of the Corvette. When officers approached the car, Mitrick reversed and accelerated toward the officers, according to police.

The pursuit concluded in a parking lot, where Mitrick allegedly didn’t comply with the officer's commands and a K-9 was deployed.