News release - 10/31/2011

Published 10/31/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Multiple hit and run suspect arrested after pursuit
DATE/TIME:  10-30-2011 at 4:40 p.m.
LOCATION:  Rose Ave. north of Gonzales Rd.
SUSPECT(S):  Servando Mendez, 45 years, of Oxnard
SUSPECT VEHICLE(S):  Green Nissan Altima
PREPARED BY:  Tom Chronister, Commander
 Ohad Katzman, Police Officer II
805-385-7600 or

DETAILS:  Oxnard police were dispatched to a call of a hit and run in the area of Rose Ave. and Gonzales Rd.  As officers arrived, they found three separate collision scenes in the area along Rose Ave. north of Gonzales Rd. to the US-101 freeway. Bystanders pointed out the suspect vehicle as it fled northbound on Rose Ave.
Officer Ohad Katzman attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but the driver fled over the 101 freeway overpass to Auto Center Drive where Officer Katzman initiated a pursuit of the vehicle by activating red lights and siren. Speeds reached 60 mph as the driver fled eastbound on Auto Center Drive.
Suddenly, the suspect vehicle’s hood flew open, blocking the driver’s view out the windshield. Officer Katzman immediately discontinued his pursuit. The driver, Servando Mendez, lost control of his car and collided with a Chevrolet Astrovan near the intersection of Auto Center Drive and Paseo Mercado. At this point—the location of the fourth crash—Mendez’s vehicle was rendered inoperable and he was taken into custody without further incident.
Two passengers in the Atrovan sustained minor injuries and did not require ambulance transport or treatment. Mendez was transported to a local hospital for a medical clearance prior to being booked into the Ventura County Jail on the following charges:


  1. Felony drunk driving
  2. Three counts of misdemeanor hit and run
  3. Felony evading of a police officer with willful disregard for the safety of others

Mendez’s blood alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit. His bail stands at $50,000.
  DATE / TIME PREPARED:  10-30-2011 at 9:45 p.m.


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