Multi-agency pursuit ends with suspect falling from Highway 126

September 29, 2010
Santa Paula News

An area parolee led law enforcement on an early morning high-speed chase that began in Oxnard and ended in Santa Paula when he jumped from Highway 126 in the 8th Street area and sustained serious injuries.

According to a California Highway Patrol statement, Octavio Maldonado III, 29, was arrested at about 1:46 a.m. Monday, September 27 following the high-speed pursuit that involved two law enforcement agencies and lasted more than 30 minutes.

The chase began in Oxnard and CHP officers took over after Oxnard Police notified them the suspect had entered northbound Highway 101 in the area of Johnson Drive in Ventura. CHP officers followed the suspect as he drove east on Highway 126 at speeds up to 90 mph, according to the statement.

Just west of Old Telegraph Road in Fillmore, the suspect slowed and attempted to make a U-turn on the freeway. At that point a CHP vehicle pushed the suspect’s vehicle in an effort to stop it, causing the suspect to lose control, but the suspect then headed west on the freeway.

Near 8th Street in Santa Paula, CHP officers observed the suspect’s vehicle move back and forth across the roadway as Maldonado tried to get out through its passenger’s side window. After briefly becoming stuck, he got out of the window and fled on foot.

As officers were pursuing Maldonado, he jumped over the railing at 8th Street and fell to the street below, suffering serious injuries including head trauma and a broken leg and wrist. Maldonado was treated on scene by Santa Paula Fire Department EMTs and ambulance paramedics before being transported to an area hospital.

Maldonado, a documented gang member, was arrested by the CHP on suspicion of evading, driving under the influence and resisting arrest, according to the CHP statement.

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