2009-10-09 / Front Page

Breaking news: Oxnard man arrested early Friday morning

By Daniel Wolowicz camarillo@theacorn.com

A 58-year-old Oxnard man was arrested early Friday morning after the man crashed his  pickup truck into a farm field on Ridgeview Street just south of Camarillo after a brief police chase, police said.

Sgt. Don Aguilar with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department said a female passenger was also in the  truck . She was not injured or arrested, he said.

Aguilar said that around 2:10 a.m. on Oct. 9 an officer with the California Highway Patrol attempted to stop Maximo Tamayo-Flores after he exited the 101 Freeway on Camarillo Springs Road and rolled through several stop signs near Camarillo Springs Road and Adohr Lane.

Terry Uhrich, an officer with the CHP Moorpark office, said Tamayo-Flores stopped his truck and a woman jumped out of the passenger side and ran toward  the officer .

“She was frantic and speaking hysterically in Spanish and crying,” Uhrich said.

Uhrich said Tamayo-Flores then drove away, leading police on a brief chase before he crashed through a guard railing on the two-lane rural road and plunged his pickup truck nearly 20 feet down a steep embankment and into a farm field.

Police believe Tamayo-Flores was driving faster than 60 miles per hour when he drove off the road.

Tamayo-Flores, who suffered minor injuries, was pulled from the wrecked car by officers, Aguilar said.

Uhrich said the female passenger told police that Tamayo-Flores had shot another man either in or just outside the car during an altercation on PCH earlier that night. The motive and particulars of the shooting were still under investigation, police said.

The names of the female passenger and the victim have not been released by police.

Police said a handgun was found in Tamayo-Flores’ truck. He was arrested on multiple charges, including possession of a deadly weapon, assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest and driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Aguilar said detectives with the Major Crimes Bureau are looking for the shooting victim.

He said both helicopters and search and rescue teams are searching for the victim along PCH between the Los Angeles County line and Oxnard .

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