Petaluma police set out Saturday to stop a gold Ford F-150 pickup that had just sped away from a serious crash on North McDowell Boulevard, leaving behind an overturned pickup and an injured 78-year-old driver.
When officers located the Ford, they found inside a Novato couple who were wanted in Marin County on various charges and who were later determined to be driving a stolen pickup, police said.
The driver, Jesus Oroscocota, 38, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, felony hit and run traffic collision, giving false information to a police officer, misdemeanor battery on a police officer, violation of a domestic violence restraining order, driving on a suspended driver’s license and four outstanding warrants from Marin County.
The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. when Oroscocota rear-ended a Chevrolet pickup that had slowed to make a right turn into the U.S. Post Office parking lot at 1150 N. McDowell Blvd, police said in a news release.
After the crash, the driver of the overturned Chevrolet had be extracted from the vehicle by Petaluma firefighters. The driver, whose name wasn’t released, was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for treatment for abrasions to his arms and complaint of back pain, and later released.
The Ford pickup left the crash, and witnesses told police they saw empty beer cans being thrown from it, police said. Officers soon stopped the vehicle and found inside Oroscocota and Marissa Ariascordova, 31, who had an outstanding warrant for assault with a deadly weapon. Ariascordova also had a domestic violence restraining order against Oroscocota and shouldn’t have been with him, police said.
Ariascordova was booked into Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of giving false information to a police officer and for the outstanding warrant of $25,000. Oroscocoata’s bail was set at $100,000, police said.
Police later learned the Ford had been stolen earlier Saturday from a construction site. As such, officers plan to seek charges against Oroscocota and Ariascordova related to the theft of a motor vehicle.
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