Pasadena Man Charged With Trying to Hit Police Officers with His Car During Wild Pursuit in Montebello

Published : Friday, March 15, 2019 | 4:52 AM

A 37-year-old Pasadena man has been charged with trying to hit police officers with his car during a pursuit over the weekend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

Tom Rojas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two felony counts of assault upon a peace officer, one felony count each of fleeing a pursuing peace officer’s vehicle while driving recklessly and vandalism causing more than $400 in damage, and one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage.

The charges include allegations that he has prior felony convictions.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 25 in Department 32 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles.

Investigation by the Montebello Police Department showed Rojas allegedly drove his vehicle into a glass door at a store in the 1600 block of Town Center Drive in Montebello in the early morning of March 9.

Prosecutors said officers who responded to the incident located the vehicle a short time later at Paramount and Whittier boulevards in Pico Rivera.

Rojas allegedly fled, but the officers pursued him for almost an hour on surface streets.

During the pursuit, Rojas allegedly hit one police vehicle with his car and attempted to hit another one. He was finally arrested when he drove into a dead-end street.

No officers were injured in the chase.

Rojas faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years and two months in state prison if convicted as charged.

Prosecutors were requesting that bail be set at $170,000.

The case remains under investigation by the Montebello Police Department.

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