EL CENTRO – On July 1, 2016, at 3:23 a.m., Officer Jeffrey Brown stopped a red Honda Civic at 14th Street and Lenrey Avenue after observing a mechanical violation. As Officer Brown approached the vehicle, it sped away. Officer Brown returned to his vehicle and pursued the Honda through several city streets at speeds up to 55 miles per hour.
Officers continued to pursue the vehicle through the city and onto eastbound Interstate 8. During the pursuit the officers were able to determine there was a female passenger in the vehicle. The vehicle exited onto southbound Dogwood Road from Interstate 8 and continued driving until it finally came to a stop near Dogwood Road and Plaza Drive. Both the driver and passenger were taken into custody. Officers searched the vehicle and the surrounding area and located a .22 caliber handgun in the dirt near the passenger side of the Honda. Ammunition for the handgun was located on the driver’s side floorboard of the vehicle.
Both juveniles were interviewed and the passenger admitted to attempting to discard the firearm. The firearm was not registered nor was it reported stolen. Both juveniles were booked at Juvenile Hall for failure to yield to a police officer (felony), minor in possession of ammunition (misdemeanor), possession of drug paraphernalia (misdemeanor), and minor in possession of a handgun (felony).
This is just yet another example of the dangers our men and women in law enforcement face each day. It is also a fine example of the exemplary work performed by the men and women at the El Centro Police Department and of their commitment to protect our community.