Ramiro Benitez-Jimenez was arrested on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer according to a media release provided by the Riverside County Sheriff.
According to the reporting deputy Sergeant Chad Craig, on May 10, 2022, about 12:06 a.m., deputies driving a marked black and white Sheriff’s patrol vehicle were traveling east on Alessandro Blvd., in the city of Moreno Valley.
As they approached the intersection of Lasselle Ave., they observed a white Nissan coupe doing burnouts (commonly referred to as donuts) in the intersection.
The deputies activated their vehicle’s emergency lights to conduct an enforcement stop on the Nissan for reckless driving. The Nissan ignored the deputies and continued doing several additional circles in the intersection.
The Nissan then fled the area at a high rate of speed and attempted to evade the deputies by driving recklessly through residential streets.
As deputies attempted to catch up, the driver of the Nissan made a U-turn, turned off the headlights, and drove straight toward two patrol vehicles. The deputies were forced to swerve to avoid being struck head-on by the suspect in the Nissan.
As additional deputies were responding to the area to assist, the suspect drove through the intersection of Lasselle St., and Bay Ave., against the red light. The suspect collided with a marked Sheriff’s patrol traveling lawfully through the intersection on a green light.
The suspect abandoned his vehicle, then fled the scene on foot. He was found in a nearby backyard.
Two deputies sustained minor injuries as a result of the traffic collision. The driver was identified as Ramiro Benitez-Jimenez, a 23-year-old resident of Moreno Valley, who was arrested for two counts of assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer.
Benitez-Jimenez booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center and is due to be arraigned in court 5/18/2022.
Source: Riverside County Sherriff