News release - 8/23/2012

Published 8/23/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Vehicle Pursuit / Stolen Vehicle
DATE/TIME:  Wednesday, August 22, 2012 / 7:05 p.m.
LOCATION:  C Street at Pleasant Valley Road, Oxnard
SUSPECT(S):  Davis Searles – male, 35 years old, of Simi Valley
SUSPECT VEHICLE(S):  ’05 Jeep Grand Cherokee (recovered stolen vehicle)
PREPARED BY:  Officer Andrew Pinkstaff  (805) 385-7600
 Officer Andrew Pinkstaff  (805) 385-7600

On Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 7:05 p.m., Oxnard Police officers observed a vehicle in the area of Pleasant Valley Road and “C” Street, in Oxnard, that had been reported stolen on August 6, 2012 from Santa Barbara.  The vehicle failed to stop for the officer and a brief pursuit began, which covered approximately one mile.  The vehicle yielded in the 400 block of West Yucca Street, where the suspect exited the vehicle and fled through several backyards.  Additional responding officers were able to locate the suspect hiding in a backyard approximately 2 blocks away, in the 400 block of Vine Street.
Suspect Davis Searles was booked into the Ventura County Jail for the felony charges of possessing a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, as well as evading officers. 
Suspect Searles was on the Post Release Offender (PRO) program. The PRO Program released non-violent, non-sexual and non-serious offenders from prison pursuant to Assembly Bill 109.
A large percentage of stolen vehicles occur as a result of vehicles left unattended with the engine running. Drivers are reminded to safeguard their keys, not leave their keys in the ignition, or their vehicles unattended while the engine is running.  
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  August 22, 2012 / 11:00 p.m.


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