IMPERIAL — Imperial Police officers responded to a report of a suspicious male looking into a vehicle near the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) parking lot in the area of K and 10th Streets in Imperial on Wednesday, April 28, at approximately 1 p.m.
According to a press release, officers arrived on the scene and located a male individual, leaning into the passenger side of a dark blue Mercedes Benz. When officers tried to make contact, the male got into the passenger seat of the vehicle and attempted to flee the scene. Responding officers pursued the vehicle and were joined by supporting units at the intersection of K Street and Barioni. The vehicle did not stop and continued southbound on SR 86.
It was identified that two occupants were in the vehicle. Said occupants began to throw items out of the windows, striking and causing damage to pursuing units. The pursuit continued through the cities of El Centro and Calexico, reaching speeds over 110 miles per hour. When the vehicle reached the downtown area of Calexico, near the West Port of Entry, one of the male subjects jumped out of the passenger side of the vehicle into the pedestrian crossing lane, ultimately making it into Mexicali, Mexico.
The vehicle continued another few blocks and came to a stop on Villa Campina just East of Rockwood. Imperial Police officers, with the assistance of the Calexico Police Department, took the driver into custody.
The driver has been identified as Juan Carlos Lopez, 21, who resides in Westmorland. Lopez was booked into the Imperial County Jail on felony reckless evading, vandalism, and felon in possession of ammunition. The Imperial Police Department is working with the US Marshall Service to identify the second suspect.
Imperial Police officers and deputies from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department later searched the area where the subjects threw objects out of the window on SR-86 North of Aten Road. Deputies and officers located multiple 9mm rounds scattered about. A firearm was not located at the scene.
The Imperial Police Department would like to thank the El Centro Police Department, Calexico Police Department, and the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office for the collaboration, and ultimate apprehension of the suspect.